The government wants to provide “accessible and affordable” health care facilities to the people and is committed to promote ayurveda and other forms of traditional medicines, Minister of State for Ayush Shripad Naik on Thursday said. “AYUSH is set to meet health care needs throughout the world. Government is committed to the promotion of ayurveda and other forms of traditional medicines and have formed policies for that purpose. The Government wants to provide accessible, affordable and safe health care facilities to the people. AYUSH treatment facilities have been provided at all levels of health care, right from primary health centre to super-speciality hospitals like AIIMS,” he said.
He was speaking after inaugurating the 7th World Ayurveda Congress and Arogya Expo. He said that the event, which brings together world-wide experts and practitioners of Ayurveda and traditional medicines, provides an appropriate stage for discussing the strengths and weaknesses and also promoting ayurveda at national and international levels.
Earlier, two important Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) were also signed by the Central Council for Research in Ayurvedic Sciences (CCRAS) in Chennai under the AYUSH Ministry with universities in Argentina and Israel. The mega event is being organized by the World Ayurveda Foundation with support of AYUSH Ministry and West Bengal government.
To facilitate development and growth of AYUSH system of medicine, the Ministry is also organising Arogya Expo from from December 1-4. This year’s World Ayurveda Congress is the largest ever as compared to the earlier World Ayurveda Congress at Kochi 2002, Pune 2006, Jaipur 2008, Bengaluru 2010, Bhopal 2012 and Delhi 2014.
Over 3500 delegates, including over 350 international delegates from 24 countries representing the global ayurveda fraternity are expected to participate. More than 1,893 scientific papers of international calibre are being considered for presentation in over 30 multi-track scientific sessions. AYUSH Secretary, Ajit M Sharan, Joint Secretary Anil Kumar Ganeriwala, Provincial Minister of Sri Lanka Bandula Yalegama and senator from Italy Maurizio Romani were among the dignitaries present.