Union Minister for integration of indigenous medicine systems
Allopathy doctors may have been questioning the efficacy of the alternative system of medicines being used to handle non-communicable diseases (NCDs) like diabetes, but Union Minister Dr Jitender Singh on Saturday pitched in for integration of traditional and conventional medicine systems that can play an important role in tackling lifestyle diseases which have become major health challenges in the country.
Speaking at the first day of the two-day International Conference on Unani Medicine, Minister of State for Development of North Eastern Region, Dr Singh emphasised on all-round development of indigenous systems of medicine with special focus on holistic management of diseases.
He opined that all the physicians irrespective of system of medicine whether modern or traditional may be co-located for addressing the requirement of patients in holistic manner.
The event was organised by the Central Council for Research in Unani Medicine (CCRUM) as a part of Unani Day celebration here.
Pramod Kumar Pathak, Joint Secretary, Ayush Ministry said that this international conference which is themed on Integration of Unani Medicine in mainstream healthcare is in line with the objectives of the ministry towards mainstreaming of AYUSH in national healthcare.
Hakim Syed Khalifatullah, former Vice President of the CCRUM demanded that A&U Tibbia College should be upgraded as a national university of Unani Medicine. He emphasized that there should be a strong coordination between Medical Council of India and Central Council of Indian Medicine to come up with an integrative solution to address health challenges of the country.
Prof. Rais-ur-Rahman, Advisor (Unani), Ayush Ministry pointed out that National Health Policy 2017 has been designed to ensure access to AYUSH remedies through co-location in public health facilities. Further, he said that the policy recognises the need to standardize and validate Unani medicines and establish a robust and effective quality control mechanism for ASU & H drugs.
In the two day conference various national level eminent personalities and stakeholders from academia, industry, regulators, and researchers in the field of Unani Medicine are participating in deliberations. Besides national delegates, representatives from countries like South Africa, UK, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, China, USA, Portugal, UAE, Slovenia, Israel, Hungary, Bahrain, Tajikistan, etc are also attending the conference, as per a senior official from the Ayush Ministry.
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