SGT Times Reporter
Gurugram, April 20
Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone of the WHO Global Centre for Traditional Medicine GCTM in Jamnagar, Gujarat.
The ground-breaking ceremony was attended by Prime Minister of Mauritius Shri Pravind Kumar Jugnauth and Dr. Tedros Ghebreyesus, Director-General, World Health Organization WHO. The Ministry of Ayush and the World Health Organization is establishing the world’s first and only Global Centre for Traditional Medicine in Jamnagar, Gujarat.
Speaking on this occasion the Prime Minister said, “The WHO Global Centre for Traditional Medicine in recognition of India’s contribution and potential in this field. India’s traditional medicine system is not limited only to treatment. It is a holistic science of life. India takes this partnership as a huge responsibility for serving the entire humanity.”
Addressing the audience, Union Minister of Ayush Shri Sarbananda Sonowal, said, “India has been proven pioneers in the field of traditional medicine since time immemorial. The knowledge sharing and cooperationhaves been documented in history and in continuation of the same, focused` efforts have been relentlessly undertaken by the Ministry of Ayush, Government of India. The establishing of the Global Centre is an effort to bring synergy and cooperation in this domain would benefit all the member states.”
On this occasion, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said, “Traditional medicines products abound globally and the center will go a long way in bringing the promise of the traditional medicine to fruition. The New Centre will focus on data, innovation, and sustainability and will optimize the use of traditional medicine.
He noted that the WHO global center for traditional medicine is a truly global project. Through this center, India will be able to take its knowledge of traditional medicine to the world and similarly, the world will come to India. He thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his support in establishing this center in India.
WHO Global Centre for Traditional Medicine in India at Jamnagar, Gujarat, will have its interim office at the Institute of Training and Research in Ayurveda (ITRA) in Gujarat. This Centre will be supported by an investment of about USD 250 million from the Government of India.
The ceremony was attended by Chief Minister of Gujarat Shri Bhupendra Patel, Union Minister of Ayush Shri Sarbananda Sonowal, Dr. Mansukh Mandaviya, Minister of Health and Family Welfare and Chemicals and Fertilizers, Dr. Munjpara Mahendrabhai Kalubhai, Minister of State, Ministry of Ayush, and other senior officials of Ministry of Ayush and Government of Gujarat.