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WHO signs pact to set up Global Centre of Traditional Medicine in Gujarat, PM Modi hails move

The Union Ministry of Ayush signed the Host Country Agreement with World Health Organization for establishing WHO Global Centre for Traditional Medicine in India at Jamnagar, Gujarat (Pic. Courtesy Twitter/moayush)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday hailed the move for establishing the WHO Global Centre for Traditional Medicine at Jamnagar in Gujarat.

"India is honoured to be home to a state-of-the-art WHO Global Centre for Traditional Medicine. This Centre will contribute towards making a healthier planet and leveraging our rich traditional practices for global good," the Prime Minister tweeted on Saturday.

The Ministry of Ayush on Friday signed the 'Host Country Agreement' with WHO for establishing the Global Centre at Jamnagar with its interim office at the Institute of Training and Research in Ayurveda in Gujarat. The onsite launch of the new WHO global centre for traditional medicine in Jamnagar, Gujarat, India will take place on April 21, 2022.

The Prime Minister said this centre will enhance wellness in society.

"Traditional medicines and wellness practices from India are very popular globally. This WHO Centre will go a long way in enhancing wellness in our society.

This global knowledge centre for traditional medicine, supported by an investment of USD 250 million from the Government of India, aims to harness the potential of traditional medicine from across the world through modern science and technology to improve the health of people and the planet, the WHO said in a statement.

According to WHO data, around 80 per cent of the world's population is estimated to use traditional medicine. "To date, 170 of the 194 WHO Member States have reported the use of traditional medicine, and their governments have asked for WHO's support in creating a body of reliable evidence and data on traditional medicine practices and products," it said.

The term traditional medicine describes the total sum of the knowledge, skills and practices indigenous and different cultures have used over time to maintain health and prevent, diagnose and treat physical and mental illness. Its reach encompasses ancient practices such as acupuncture, ayurvedic medicine and herbal mixtures as well as modern medicines.

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