In a bid to create awareness about Indian traditional health services, the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) in collaboration with Ministry of AYUSH, Government of India and Department of Ayurveda, Government of Rajasthan, is organising four-day long National Arogya Fair in Jaipur.
Inaugurating the fair on February 13, Vasundhara Raje, Chief Minister of Rajasthan said, “With the world now having recognised the power of AYUSH and United Nations also declaring to celebrate 21st June as the World Yoga Day, it is high time India promoted and expanded its AYUSH capabilities and be the medical hub of the world.”
The health fair attracted huge crowd on the first day itself. It is showcasing and promoting the latest developments, strengths, efficacy and affordability of AYUSH systems of medicine which includes Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Sowa-Rigpa, Siddha and Homeopathy (AYUSH) with the aim to spread awareness and integrate AYUSH into the mainstream healthcare delivery structure.
Shripad Naik, Minister of State (Independent Charge), Ministry of Ayush, said, “We are committed to take all necessary steps to strengthen AYUSH further in our state, but need Central Government’s support in ensuring that we attract maximum medical tourists just like Kerala.”
“The government is in the process of preparing a health policy and would notify the same very soon with special focus and relevance to the AYUSH systems, considering its long history of use by the communities as it requires simple technological inputs for diagnosis of ailments and preparation of medicinal products,” informed Naik.
“India can bring a revolution in healthcare and be a teacher to the world if we capitalise on our strengths in AYUSH systems of medicine by promoting, supporting and spreading awareness about the AYUSH practitioners. India can meet all its healthcare objectives and also enhance its economy by simplifying AYUSH measures, strengthening its capacities and taking it to the last person in the remotest of the villages,” added Naik.
There are 519 AYUSH educational institutions including 191 post graduate colleges where about 35,000 students are admitted annually. India has the largest number of traditional and alternative medicine teaching institutions in the world. India has signed several MoUs for bilateral cooperation in the area of traditional medicine and setting up Ayurveda chairs and AYUSH information centres in various countries, such as South Africa, Malaysia and Trinidad and Tobago.