Health Minister stresses on promoting ayurveda as an indigenous system



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Kathmandu, Oct 17 (RSS): Minister for Health Giriraj Mani Pokharel has underscored the need of developing ayurveda as an indigenous medical practice. 
The minister was addressing a programme organized by the Department of Ayurveda marking the National Salubriousness Day and the Dhanawantari commemorations here today. Dhanawantari is considered the god of ayurveda and good health. 

He said ayurveda should be developed as a system of indigenous medical practice in order to make it effective. 
"Ayurveda and yoga have importance to reducing the risk of non-communicable diseases. We made a mistake by not tabling the proposal to celebrate the Yoga Day in the United Nations earlier. Now we should take the proposal to the UN to mark Meditation Day coinciding with the Buddha Jayanti," he said and expressed the commitment to incorporate all the issues of ayurveda in the new Health Policy. 

Director General of the Department of Ayurveda, Dr Basudev Upadhyay said it is necessary to impart education on yoga and healthy lifestyle from each school. He urged increasing investment for the development of ayurveda saying effective programmes on ayurveda and yoga could not be implemented due to the paucity of financial resources. 
An international standard yoga centre is to be constructed in Budhanilkantha to provide yoga and panchakarma services to the people. The National Ayurveda Panchakarma and Yoga Centre is to be constructed on the Department's about 14 ropanis land in Budhanilkantha. Dr Upadhyay said the estimated cost of the centre is approximately one billion rupees. 

Earlier in the morning today, a procession was organized on the occasion of the National Salubriousness Day and the Dhanawantari Jayanti. The procession marched from Teku to the Ayurveda Hospital at Naradevi. 

Health Minister Pokharel also distributed fruits to the patients at the Shukraraj Tropical and Communicable Diseases Hospital at Teku on the same occasion.