Meghalaya governor Tathagata Roy has called for promoting the potential of indigenous traditional medicinal plants of the state.
Roy stressed the need of standardisation, documentation, codification and systematisation to promote the state’s medicinal plants.
The governor addressed a programme on scientific discussion of indigenous system of medicines at the Hawkers Free Zone Market, Golflink.
The event was organised by MEBAAI Tribal Health and Wellness Centre.
The programme was chaired by state health minister A. L. Hek.
In his address, the governor said traditional system of medicine using herbs and plants for medicinal purposes has been in existence for a very long time.
He also said treatment by using medicinal plants has minimal side-effects.
Meghalaya health and family welfare secretary Pravin Bakshi ensured affordable health care for all people in the state.
In his speech, Bakshi informed that 550 traditional healers have been trained by the Bio Resources Development Council.
The state government registered and documented total 1800 traditional healers.
Others who spoke on the occasion were Dr. H. Bani, Khasi healers; Thomas Iangjuh, Jr. Scientist, Bio Resource Development Centre and Dr. Pradeep Joyti, CMD, Vasudeva Kerala.
Besides, Dr. Arun Shukhla, Professor, Engineering and Bio-Sciences, IIT Kanpur and Dr. Mithu Baidya, Project Scientist, IIT Kanpur were also present at the programme.