'It is a matter of pride for all Indians' says PM Narendra Modi as WHO announces to install a traditional medicine centre in India
In a video message, WHO DG, Mr Ghebreyesus said, “I am pleased to announce that we have agreed to open a WHO Global Centre of Traditional Medicine in India to strengthen the evidence, research, training and awareness of traditional and complementary medicine.”
Recently, The World Health Organisation announced that is will soon set up a Global Centre for Traditional Medicine in India. While talking at an event WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus announced in a video message in which PM Modi inaugurated two future-ready Ayurveda institutions in Jaipur and Jamnagar.
The Institute of Teaching and Research in Ayurveda (ITRA), Jamnagar (Gujarat) and the National Institute of Ayurveda (NIA), Jaipur (Rajasthan) are the foremost institutions of Ayurveda in the country. The Jamnagar institute has been bestowed the status of an Institution of National Importance (INI) by an act of Parliament while on the other hand the Jaipur institution has been Deemed to be University (De novo Category) by the University Grants Commission (UGC), according to the AYUSH ministry.
In a statement, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that just like India has emerged as the ‘pharmacy of the world’, the WHO institution will become the centre for global wellness.
In a video message, Mr Ghebreyesus said, “I am pleased to announce that we have agreed to open a WHO Global Centre of Traditional Medicine in India to strengthen the evidence, research, training and awareness of traditional and complementary medicine.”
Adding further he averred, “This new centre will support WHO’s efforts to implement the WHO traditional medicine strategy 2014-2023 which aims to support countries in developing policies and action plans to strengthen the role of traditional medicine as part of their journey to universal health coverage and a healthier, fairer and safer world".
Traditional systems of medicine such as Ayurveda can play an important role in integrated people-centric health services the WHO DG stated. He also lauded PM Modi for his commitment to the comprehensive coverage under Ayushman Bharat and evidence-based advancement of traditional medicines to achieve health-related purposes.
PM Narendra Modi said, “It is a matter of pride for all Indians that the WHO has chosen India for establishing its Global Centre for Traditional Medicine. Now work will be done in this direction from India. I would like to thank the WHO and particularly its Director-General Tedros for giving this responsibility to India. I am confident that just like India has emerged as the pharmacy of the world, in the same manner, this centre for traditional medicine will become the centre for global wellness".
The Prime Minister congratulated the two institutes for their upgradation and also called upon the Education Ministry and UGC to find new avenues in disciplines like Ayurveda Physics and Ayurveda Chemistry.
Moreover, he pointed out that during the COVID-19 pandemic the demand for Ayurvedic products rapidly increased across the world, he said exports increased by about 45 per cent in September 2020 compared to last year.