JAMNAGAR (GUJARAT): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday laid foundation stone of WHO’s Global Centre for Traditional Medicine in presence of WHO DG Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus and Mauritius PM Pravind Kumar Jugnauth here on Tuesday.
The Centre aims to unlock the potential of traditional medicine by mixing ancient practices with modern science.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr Ghebreyesus said that research and leadership, evidence and learning, data and analytics, sustainability and equity and innovation and technology will be five main areas of focus of the centre.
“The WHO Global Centre for Traditional Medicine that we are launching will help to harness the power of science to strengthen the evidence-based for traditional medicine,” he said.
Calling the centre a “truly global project”, the WHO director general informed that 107 members of the WHO have offices for national traditional and complementary medicine.
“This means India will go to the world and the whole world will come to India. Examples of traditional medicines being turned into modern medicines around the world from throughout India with products such as turmeric, neem and jamun and from indigenous communities in Brazil to the Kalahari desert,” he added.
Dr Ghebreyesus, who hails from Ethiopian, took everyone by surprise by speaking words of Hindi and Gujarati. “I also grew up watching Bollywood films,” he told the audience.
Mauritian PM Jugnauth underscored the importance of indigenous medical system and herbal products in various cultures.
Addressing the event, PM Modi said that the centre was recognition of India’s contribution and potential in this field”, adding India takes the partnership with the WHO as a “huge responsibility”.
“Jamnagar’s contributions towards wellness will get a global identity with the WHO’s Global Centre for Traditional Medicine,” Prime Minister Modi said.
The prime minister said that the centre should set five goals for itself including creation of a database of traditional knowledge systems using technology.
The centre will develop protocols for holistic treatment of specific diseases so that patients could benefit from both traditional and modern medicine.