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PM Modi lays foundation stone of WHO Global Centre for Traditional Medicine in Jamnagar

PM lays the foundation stone of WHO Global Centre for Traditional Medicine in Jamnagar.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone of the WHO Global Centre for Traditional Medicine (GCTM) in Jamnagar today, which will be the first and only global outpost of traditional medicine across the world.

WHO chief Dr. Tedros Ghebreyesus and Mauritius Prime Minister Pravind Kumar Jugnauth were present on the occasion.

Video messages from the Prime Ministers of Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal and the President of Maldives were broadcast at the foundation stone laying ceremony.

WHO Director-General Tedros Ghebreyesus thanked Prime Minister Modi for his leadership in providing all the support for the establishment of WHO Global Centre for Traditional Medicine in Jamnagar.

The WHO chief termed the centre as a truly global project as 107 WHO member countries have their country specific governmental offices which means the world will come to India for its leadership in traditional medicine.

The centre's five main areas will be research and leadership, evidence and learning, data and analytics, sustainability and equity and innovation and technology, said Dr. Tedros Ghebreyesus.

Speaking on the occasion, PM Modi noted Dr. Tedros Ghebreyesus’s connect with India and his personal involvement in the project. The Prime Minister assured the WHO chief that his expectations from India will be met.

The Prime Minister laid down five goals for the new Center. First, to create a database of traditional knowledge using technology; second, GCTM can create international standards for testing and certification of traditional medicines so that confidence in these medicines improves. Third, GCTM should evolve as a platform where global experts of traditional medicines come together and share experiences.

He also asked the centre to explore the possibility of an annual traditional medicine festival. Fourth, GCTM should mobilize funding for research in the field of traditional medicines. Finally, GCTM should develop protocols for holistic treatment of specific diseases so that patients could benefit from both traditional and modern medicine.

The Prime Minister said “The WHO Global Centre for Traditional Medicine is a recognition of India's contribution and potential in this field”. He further declared “India takes this partnership as a huge responsibility for serving the entire humanity.”

PM Modi said “Jamnagar’s contributions towards wellness will get a global identity with WHO’s Global Centre for Traditional Medicine.” PM Modi said that more than five decades ago the world’s first Ayurvedic University was established in Jamnagar. The city has a quality Ayurvedic institute in Institute of Teaching and Research in Ayurveda.

The Prime Minister of Mauritius Mr. Pravind Kumar Jugnauth highlighted the importance of indigenous medical system and herbal products in various cultures. He said that there could not have been a more opportune time than now for the establishment of the centre. He underlined the personal contribution of Prime Minister Modi in taking leadership in the establishment of the Centre.

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