World Health Organisation’s Director-General Tedros Ghebreyesus says that the global health body will set up a global centre on traditional medicine in India.
Ghebreyesus said this on Friday in his video message at the Ayurveda Day celebration in India
“I am pleased to announce that we have agreed to open a WHO global centre on traditional medicine in India to strengthen the evidence, research, training and awareness of traditional and complementary medicine.
“This new centre will support WHO’s efforts to implement the WHO traditional medicine strategy 2014-2023.
“The establishment of the centre is aimed at supporting countries in developing policies and action plans to strengthen the role of traditional medicine, as part of their journey to universal health coverage and a healthier, fairer and safer world,” Ghebreyesus said.
The message of the WHO chief came when Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi virtually inaugurated India’s first two Ayurveda institutions, which are located in Jaipur and Jamnagar cities.
Modi thanked the WHO for its decision to establish a global centre on traditional medicine in India.
In 2014, the Indian government created a separate ministry of AYUSH (Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy) to promote the indigenous medical management system in the country.
Since 2016, India has been observing the Ayurveda Day every year.