Thiruvananthapuram: The state government’s aim is to bring all treatment methods under one roof, said Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan. He was inaugurating the valedictory function of the International AYUSH Conclave at Jimmy George Indoor Stadium on Tuesday. This will help to provide advanced treatment to the patients. In some of the foreign countries allopathy and the traditional systems of medicine are working side-by-side, said the Chief Minister, adding that the state should follow this model.
AYUSH treatment methods need special encouragement, said Pinarayi Vijayan. Most of the tourists who visit the state are coming here in search of traditional treatments. Therefore, it is necessary to ensure quality in the sector and provide them better treatment. He added that the state government’s aim is to provide quality treatment at low cost. No one should be denied treatment want of money, said Pinaryi Vijayan. At a time when attempts are being made to privatize the service sector, Kerala has been trying to set an alternative in the healthcare sector. It is a necessity for the state government to implement innovative ideas in the ayush sector. Kerala, which has won international recognition for the activities in the healthcare sector, is now giving importance for patient-friendly hospitals.
The traditional systems of medicine, including ayurveda, have been playing a very important role in the prevention of diseases. The state government’s goal is to improve the same. The Chief Minister also said that efforts should be made to recover the lost knowledge in the traditional systems of medicine. He emphasised on the need to initiate steps for the protection of endangered medicinal plants. As part of the attempts to encourage cultivation of medicinal plants, efforts should be made to grow medicinal plants in companies. Presiding over the function, K. K. Shailaja, Minister for Health, said that the state government’s aim is to promote cultivation and export of medicinal plants. Promotion of the cultivation of medicinal plants will help to get livelihood for many people. Steps should also be taken for the collection and distribution of the farmers’ products. The state government's goal is to make the state a hub of the traditional systems of medicine.
The AYUSH conclave was the first step in the direction to utilize the services of foreign experts in the state. As part of the promotion of the AYUSH sector, international ayush chain should set up. The minister further said that the ayush sector offers huge potential for new enterprises. Speaking on the occasion, V. S. Sunil Kumar, Agricultural Minister, said that the agricultural department will give importance for the promotion of the cultivation of medicinal plants.
The cultivation of medicinal plants will be encouraged in the tribal areas and in the first phase the project will be implemented in the tribal areas of Chalakkudy. The Chief Minister gave away awards for the winners of the LSG Meet. MLAs O. Raja Gopal and I. B. Satheesh were also present on the occasion.