Meghalaya Urban Affairs Minister Hamletson Dohling on Thursday inaugurated the Herbal Garden and Ayush Model Village under Ayush Gram (National Ayush Mission) at Madanïngsyiem, Mylliem.
Speaking on the occasion, Dohling stressed the need to preserve, protect, promote and document the knowledge of indigenous medicinal plants.
Emphasizing the need to set up a Regional Research Institute in the state, Dohling also informed the gathering that a Traditional Health Centre would be set up soon at Mylliem, focusing on indigenous herbal medicines to heal various ailments.
Stating that Meghalaya is endowed with a wide variety of plants with medicinal values, Dohling said, in this day and age where more and more people are turning to alternative medicines, like ayurvedic medicines for treatment, it is a golden opportunity for the people that Ayush scheme has been launched in the state.
Citing the example for Kerala where Ayurveda treatment has become a huge industry, Dohling said that with hard work and perseverance, traditional healing will prove to be a highly remunerative industry for the state as well.
“With hard work and perseverance, traditional healing will prove to be a highly remunerative industry for the state as well,” he said.
Organised by the office of the District Medical and Health Officer, East Khasi Hills, the aim of the National Ayush Mission, launched by the Central Government in 2014, is to implement the Ayush way of life in the model village and provide easy access to Ayush services through increased number of healthcare facilities and better availability of medicines and trained manpower.
Earlier, Ayush doctors enlightened the villagers about various diseases both communicable and non-communicable and steps to prevent and treat such ailments.
The physicians also shared their experiences and created awareness on tuberculosis, malaria, diarrhea, diabetes and the values of medicinal plants.