By Infodea News Network (INN), Bangalore;
“Nations cannot progress unless they value and cherish their history and heritage. Those nations who leave their heritage behind, are destined to lose their identity, said Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, dedicating the All India Institute of Ayurveda, in New Delhi, to the nation.
Speaking on this occasion, the Prime Minister congratulated the gathering on the celebration of Dhanvantari Jayanti as Ayurveda Divas. He complimented the Ministry of Ayush for the establishment of the All India Institute of Ayurveda.
“Before independence, India’s knowledge and traditions such as Yoga and Ayurveda were belittled”. Attempts were even made to lower the faith of citizens on these value, he added. He said that in the last three years, this situation has changed to quite an extent; and the faith of the people is being restored in the best of our heritage. The pride in our heritage is reflected in the way people gather for Ayurveda Day or Yoga Day, he added.
The Prime Minister said that Ayurveda is not just a medical practice, but encompasses public health and environment health as well. He also said that government has laid stress on integrating Ayurveda, Yoga and other Ayush systems into the public healthcare system.
The Prime Minister said that the Government is working towards establishing an Ayurveda hospital in every district of the country and more than 65 Ayush hospitals have been developed in the last three years.
The Prime Minister said that herbal and medicinal plants can be a significant source of income, globally, and India should leverage its capabilities in this regard. He said the Union Government has approved 100 percent FDI in healthcare systems and the Government is focused on providing affordable healthcare for the poor. Stressing on preventive healthcare, and improving affordability and access to treatment, he said that Swachhata or cleanliness is a simple mechanism of preventive healthcare and to intensify the movement, the Union Government constructed 5 crore toiletsin three years.
The Prime Minister added that new AIIMS are being established to help the people get better access to healthcare and the comprehensive plan also incorporates capping prices of stents and knee implants; and establishment of Jan Aushadhi Kendras for providing medicines at affordable prices.