New Delhi: The Vice President of India M. Venkaiah Naidu called for utilising Ayurveda’s extensive knowledge base on preventive care to combat the COVID-19 pandemic at the online Global Ayurveda Summit with the theme ‘Ayurveda for immunity’ organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).
Inaugurating the Online Summit, the Vice President said that natural remedies prescribed in Ayurveda can help us fight the virus by building our immunity. He said that Ayurveda was not just a system of medicine but also a philosophy of life.
Vice President Naidu urged private companies and the government to come together and set up state of the art R&D facilities to develop and test new medicines and advised the players in Ayurveda to collaborate with bodies like the National Innovation Foundation and work toward popularizing Ayurveda globally. He called for investing more resources in our traditional systems of medicine, especially by encouraging and promoting more health start-ups.
Vice President Naidu praised Ayurveda for providing primary and even tertiary health care services to vast populations of India since ancient times.
VP Naidu called for taking the benefits of Ayurveda to people across India and the world and said that traditional medicines are cheaper and common people can afford them easily.
The Vice President said that anxiety and fear of disease can be more fatal than the disease itself and advised to practice meditation and spirituality to overcome such anxiety. He called for leveraging schemes such as Ayushman Bharat to take the benefits of Ayurveda to one and all.
Recognising the employment generation potential of Ayurveda industry, the Vice President called for designing skilling programs in this filed. This will also help boost services export, he said.