New Delhi: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Wednesday inaugurated Unani Day Celebration and two-day International Conference on Unani Medicine here.
On the occasion, Minister of State (IC), Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region Jitendra Singh, Minister of State (IC) for AYUSH Shripad Yesso Naik, Secretary in the Ministry of AYUSH Vaidya Rajesh Kotecha, Additional Secretary, Ministry of AYUSH Pramod Kumar Pathak, Director General, Central Council for Research in Unani Medicine (CCRUM) Asim Ali Khan and Advisor Unani Mohammad Tahir.
Inaugurating the international conference themed on ‘Unani Medicine* – Towards Achieving the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG-3) of ‘Good Health and Well-Being’, Mr Singh said that “Unani Medicine is a unique system of medicine nurtured by the best of intellect of many cultures and civilizations. Due to its accessibility, affordability and holistic approach, it has been fulfilling health care needs of the people even in the far flung areas of the country.”
He further said that the system can play an important role in finding solutions for various health challenges including non-communicable diseases.
Addressing the conference organized by the CCRUM, Dr. Jitendra Singh emphasized the need for an inclusive and integrated health care regime that should guide health policies and programmes in future.
He further said that there is a worldwide resurgence of interest in holistic systems of health care, particularly with respect to the prevention and management of chronic, non-communicable and systemic diseases.
In his address, Mr Yesso Naik said that Unani Medicine with its cost-effective remedies can offer solution to health challenges of ageing population, emergence of chronic diseases, environmental and climate change related health risks and lack of access to quality health care.
He further said that the Ministry of AYUSH is focused to tap the real potential of AYUSH systems in imparting preventive, promotive and holistic healthcare to the people.
Addressing the conference, Vaidya Rajesh Kotecha advocated for pluralistic and integrated approach to health by way of making traditional systems of medicine more accessible in the health care delivery system.
He underscored the need for incorporating information technology in AYUSH health care delivery and highlighted IT initiatives of the ministry.
The international conference would conclude on 12th February and highlight the role and potentials of Unani Medicine in achieving the sustainable development goal of good health and well-being.
The conference will have eight dedicated sessions on ‘Unani Medicine for Global Health’, ‘Recent Researches in Unani Medicine’, ‘Achieving the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG-3)’, ‘Medical Tourism – A Promising Area for Traditional Medicine’, ‘Integrative Approaches for Mother and Child Health’, Unani Medicine for Geriatric Care and Role of Regimenal Therapy in Musculoskeletal Disorders’, and ‘Unani Medicine for Mental Health and Respiratory Diseases’.
With the presence of experts, luminaries, scholars of Unani Medicine, the conference aims to provide a platform for healthy discussion and brain storming of ideas and creation of better avenues in achieving the sustainable development goal.
About 1300 delegates, resource persons, academicians, researchers and industry representatives are participating in the conference.