AYUSH director A Guneshwor Sharma on Sunday raised concerns over services provided by AYUSH "lying defunct" and called upon all the AYUSH practitioners to reaffirm their commitment to serve the public health with an integrated approach and renewed dedication.
Sharma was speaking at the celebration of the 7th Ayurveda Day which was jointly organised by the directorate of AYUSH and State AYUSH Society, Manipur at MEIPA Hall in Imphal East.
The lighting of the ceremonial lamp and paying floral tributes to Lord Dhanvantari (the Hindu God of Ayurveda) marked the opening ceremony of the celebration.
“It is a matter of shame that various AYUSH practitioners working under NGOs and corporate sectors remained silent at the time of pandemic, while they are highly committed to running after projects,” he said.
Sharma pointed out the global relevance of Ayurvedic mode of treatment and stressed on the need of using AYUSH as an alternative means of tackling common Non-Communicable diseases such as hypertension, stroke, cancer and diabetes.
“What is the use if the benefits of Ayush are not available to the public?” he questioned and apprised all AYUSH practitioners to “wake up and use the potential of the Ayurvedic science to serve the public health.”
In his speech, state nodal officer of NHM, Manipur K Benedict Maring said the country is blessed with wisdoms of the ancient medicinal sciences, but the people have failed to treasure it unfortunately.
He stressed the need to explore the potential of Ayurveda to contribute towards society in the health sectors and the necessity to live a holistic life based on ancient medical sciences.
The function was also attended by member secretary of State AYUSH Society M Shyamjai as president while section officer of Health Services Secretariat N Nandakumar attended as guest of honour.