Gandhinagar: The two-day Global Summit on Traditional Medicine will be held in Gandhinagar, Gujarat, on August 17 and 18, 2023, under the auspices of the Ministry of Ayush and the World Health Organisation. Before the first worldwide congress on traditional medicine, Secretary of the Ministry of Ayush Vaidya Rajesh Kotecha briefed the media in Gandhinagar, Gujarat. Shri Lav Agarwal, additional secretary, Health and Family Welfare Ministry, also spoke to the media.
WHO Global Summit on Traditional Medicine
The Global Centre for Traditional Medicines in Jamnagar, Gujarat, created by the WHO, according to the Union Secretary for AYUSH, is the first of its kind in a developing country. He also mentioned that on August 17 and 18, 2023, in Gandhinagar, the WHO will host the Traditional Medicine Global Summit, which will also be co-hosted by the Ministry of AYUSH, to discuss the role of traditional, complementary, and integrative medicine in addressing urgent health issues and advancing global health and sustainable development.
Vd. Kotecha responded to a query on holistic healthcare in Ayush by stating that work on traditional medicine systems is ongoing in several directions on various platforms. According to him, evidence-based research in AYUSH is currently being conducted alongside conventional medical care to treat diseases including cancer, TB, infectious diseases, and women’s and children’s health using a scientific method.
Addressing the media persons Vd. Kotecha, stated, “The G20 is a unique opportunity to showcase India’s leadership in the field of herbal remedies. In the last 9 years, India has developed eight folds in the field of traditional medicine. By the end of the year, more than 12,500 Ayush-based Health & wellness centers will be functional across the nation, out of which 8,500 are already in place”.
Secretary Ayush praised the partnership between the Indian government and the WHO for organising the largest international event on traditional medicine during the press conference. He emphasised the importance of the WHO Global Centre for Traditional Medicine, which was established in 2022 and is the largest classical medicine outpost of the United Nations in a developing nation.
Health ministers from 30 countries will attend this two-day event. It is expected to be one of the largest gatherings of its kind, bringing together participants from over 90 countries, distinguished members of academia, government representatives and significant players from the medicine sector.
Shri Lav Agarwal gave a summary of the healthcare system in India, including its achievements, difficulties, and present priorities. He emphasised India’s strengths in healthcare, which is now the G20 presidency, and encouraged efforts to be concentrated on maximising its contribution to the global healthcare sector.
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