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What is the News?
The Ministry of Ayush has launched a campaign of distributing Ayush prophylactic medicines and written guidelines on diet and lifestyle.
Moreover, the National Medicinal Plants Board(NMPB) has also launched a national campaign to promote the cultivation of medicinal plants in the country.
What are Prophylactic medicines?
A prophylactic is a medication or a treatment designed and used to prevent a disease from occurring.
Example: A prophylactic hepatitis vaccine prevents the patient from getting hepatitis, while a prophylactic dental cleaning prevents tooth decay.
Campaign to Promote cultivation of medicinal plants:
Under this campaign, cultivation of medicinal plants will be done on 75,000 hectares of land in the next year across the country.
The campaign has been started from Saharanpur in UP and Pune in Maharashtra.
About National Medicinal Plants Board(NMPB):
It was established in 2000 under the Ministry of AYUSH (Ayurveda, Yoga & Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha & Homoeopathy).
Aim: To develop the medicinal plants sector through developing strong coordination between various ministries/ departments/ organizations for the implementation of policies/programs on medicinal plants.
Source: This post is based on the article “Ayush Ministry kickstarts campaign to distribute prophylactic medicines” published in PIB on 2nd September 2021.