The Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare, Dr. Harsh Vardhan taking round during his visit to review the preparation of the 6th World Ayurveda Congress, at Pragati Maidan, in New Delhi on November 05, 2014. (PIB Photo)

Time to Push, Spread Ayurveda Worldwide: Health Experts

Centuries-old Indian medical system Ayurva requires to be spread all over the world to get integrated into the public health systems to save healthcare expenditure in many countries, international health experts said in New Delhi on Saturday.

Natalia Marzoa Silva of the Cuban health ministry said her government is eager to include Ayurveda in primary and higher medical education in Cuba.

“Ayurveda can have a place in the healthcare system of Cuba. Ayurveda can be utilised to treat cancer in our country as the disease has become the third biggest cause of deaths,” she said.

Silva was speaking at a plenary session, Global perspective on Ayurveda, at the ongoing World Ayurveda Congress in New Delhi.

“A large number of people come to India to study Ayurveda, but they return armed with diplomas after studying for only three months,” said another speaker Gregor Kos from the health ministry of Slovenia.

“We will work with the Department of Ayush under the Union Ministry of Health to put quality control in place,” added Kos.

Health officials also called for strict quality control in traditional medicines in the backdrop of an increasing number of people abroad willing to be tested by Ayurveda specialists.

Maldives health minister Mohammed Habeeb said: “I am eagerly waiting for the day when Ayurveda will be a prominent part of the healthcare system of my country.”

Indian Health Minister Harsh Vardhan, who chaired the session, said: “We are determined to increase international cooperation in traditional medicine by signing MoUs with other countries to render cooperation in the field of research and for standardisation of the medicine system and practice.”

He said that a MoU with Malaysia in the field of traditional medicine has been signed under which the health ministries of the two countries have already held two bilateral technical meetings to enhance cooperation.

“India has also instituted 20 seats each for students from South East Asian countries to study Ayurveda in Indian educational institutions,” he said.


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