India can bring in a revolution in healthcare and can be a teacher to the world if we capitalise our strength in the traditional systems of medicine, Minister of State for AYUSH (Independent Charge) and Health & Family Welfare, Shripad Yesso Naik said in the 4-day National Arogya Fair being organised at Dehradun in Uttarakhand.
Fair is being organised by the Ministry of Ayurveda, Yoga & Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha, Sowa Rigpa & Homoeopathy (AYUSH) in collaboration with the State government of Uttarakhand and the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII).
Naik elaborated that the AROGYA fair has grown into a country-wide phenomenon with more than 10 fairs organised throughout the year now. The minister explained that over the past three decades, there has been a tremendous resurgence of World’s interest in the AYUSH Systems of Medicine, including in Europe and USA. This is mainly due to the holistic approach towards preventive, promotive and positive health and multi-dimensional aspects of disease management in these traditional systems of medicine.
We have also 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 & Tobago, the Minister said.
The State Chief Minister Harish Rawat said on the occasion that the Uttarakhand medicinal plants have long been used for treatment of various diseases. These combined with modern AYUSH interventions can help to create a strong healthcare system in the hills. The AYUSH System of medicine is also more economical, the Chief Minister added.
Surendra Singh Negi, Minister for Health & Family Welfare and AYUSH, Govt. of Uttarakhand, explained that growing herbs and medicinal plants can create employment opportunities in the hills, especially when it is linked with industry requirements in an integrated manner. Uttarakhand has also the capacity to become the world capital of Yoga.
The free learning sessions are being organised for visitors with themes like Panchakarma, Homeopathy for Women’s disorders, ‘Yog se Arogya’ and Management of Non-Communicable Diseases in Siddha System, treatment of lifestyle diseases like diabetes through AYUSH, and many more.
The Ministry of AYUSH has been organising AROGYA, comprehensive national level fair on AYUSH systems of medicine in the major capital cities in India since 2005 to promote awareness and showcase development in the various AYUSH systems.
The fair aims to create awareness among the people about the uses of the AYUSH systems, their cost-effectiveness and the availability of herbs and plants used for prevention and treatment of common ailments at their door-steps through various mass-media channels to achieve the objective of health for all.