Published: Wed, October 18, 2017
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Govt working on opening ayurveda hospital in every district, says Narendra Modi

Govt working on opening ayurveda hospital in every district, says Narendra Modi

The Prime Minister said that herbal and medicinal plants can be a significant source of income, globally, and India should leverage its capabilities in this regard.

Emphasising that Ayurveda will provide affordable healthcare, Union Minister for State for AYUSH, Shripad Yesso Naik on Monday stated that a three-fold increase in market size of Ayurvedic products from Dollars 2.5 billion to Dollars 8 billion is expected by 2022.

The Indian prime minister also said that a nation could not progress unless its people were proud of its history.

Modi claimed that efforts had been made in the past to destroy "India's strengths" and its traditions such as Yoga and Ayurved were belittled during the "era of slavery".

"The AYUSH Ministry is swiftly working in that direction, and in just three years, over 65 AYUSH hospitals have been set up", he added. "I will urge private players to use corporate social responsibility funds to strengthen ayurveda", Modi added.

He concluded by saying that his government has constructed more than 5 crore toilets in the last three years. During the event, the Prime Minister dedicated the All India Institute of Ayurveda - set up on the lines of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) - to the nation.

Modi pitched for awarding certificates after the completion of each level of Ayurveda education. He said his government's main focus was on preventive healthcare and providing affordable and easily accessible health care to the poor, and Ayush can take a lead in this drive.

He said under the foreign rule, there had been attempts to ridicule and lessen the importance of Indian system of knowledge and achievements of its rishis and scientists, and after Independence too not much attention was paid to reclaim the country's rich heritage. However, after getting freedom from slavery, there was hope that whatever was left would be preserved.

It also teaches post-graduate students, PhD courses, and skill development programme.

The NDA government's renewed thrust on Ayurveda is in sync with the WHO's plan as the global body begins to implement its traditional medicine strategy 2014-2023.

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