THD NewsDesk, New Delhi: In collaboration with WHO, AYUSH Ministry makes an ambitious move towards harmonization of strategies pertaining to the area of traditional medicines to achieve universal health coverage.
The Ministry of AYUSH and World Health Organization South East-Asia Regional Office have signed a letter for collaboration on 15th February, Monday, as a partnership in the field of medicines towards implementing and promoting traditional system of medicine in their respective countries. The basic idea of this collaboration is to focus on the importance of the traditional medicines, and how safely and effectively it works.
With Ayurveda and other Indian traditional systems of medicine, AYUSH Ministry has tried to identify challenges faced by countries in regulating traditional systems of medicine and its appropriate integration into national health care systems. So, the recent agreement by AYUSH Ministry and WHO would mean a positive move towards making their idea of traditional medicinal system more popular in the South East, Asia, Africa, Europe and Latin America etc.
WHO further stated that “Assistance and efforts will be made to strengthened capacities of countries of WHO South-East Asia in the area of traditional medicine”.
Though the collaboration of WHO and Government of India goes back to 1952, the new agreement, with its extension into the field of traditional medicines provides valuable tool to achieve universal health coverage, said Poonam Khetrapal Singh; regional director, WHO South East-Asia Regional Office.
This partnership will help South East Asian region to develop policies and implement action plans to strengthen the role of traditional medicine. As AYUSH Ministry has already faced various interactions with the WHO in the field of Ayurveda, Yoga and other Indian Traditional systems of medicine, therefore the collaboration will help develop appropriate framework, exchange of information of public health and dissemination of information to the community, said Vaidya Rajesh Kotecha, AYUSH Secretary. The collaboration will help strengthen the role of traditional medicines.