January 22, 2008

Centre to launch campaign on alternate medical systems

Aimed at generating awareness on the strengths of Ayurveda for the care of elderly people, the Centre will launch a nationwide campaign to sensitise policy makers, professionals and scientists about the contribution that alternate medical systems can make towards Geriatric health.

"Considering the time-tested efficacy of Ayurveda and Siddha systems in preventive and promotive aspects of health care, it is desirable to disseminate the scientific aspects and research findings of these systems for the benefit of the public," Secretary Department, AYUSH, Anita Das told reporters.

About 600 delegates, including Allopathic, Ayurveda and Siddha experts, scientists and NGO representatives are expected to participate to deliberate on the technical and policy issues pertaining to mainstreaming of Ayurveda and Siddha, she said.

The national workshop in the capital would be followed by state and district-level workshops to take the message to the field and facilitate time-bound action from public and private sectors.

"The resolution and recommendations of the national workshop will hold the key in designing the future course of action and implementable strategy," she added

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