Centre to tap medicinal plant resources

IMPHAL, 6th Dec: Chief Minister N Biren Singh inaugurated Arogya Fair, 2018 in the presence of Union Minister of State for AYUSH (Independent Charge) Shripad Yesso Naik at City Convention Centre, Palace Compound here Thursday.
The four-day long fair is being organised by Directorate of AYUSH, State Medical Board and AYUSH Society, Manipur to showcase revitalisation of traditional system of medicines (Ayurveda, Yoga & Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy), market promotion and processing of medicinal and aromatic plants, income generation and scientific approaches.
In his speech as special guest of honour, Union Minister Shripad Naik urged the people of the state to plant medicinal plants instead of poppy and cannabis. As Manipur has rich resources of medicinal plants, the Ministry is ready to extend all possible support regarding large-scale plantation of medicinal plants, he stated.
Informing that the Union Ministry of AYUSH has been promoting AYUSH system of health care in the entire country including the state, Naik said that AYUSH doctors and facilities are being provided at PHCs, CHCs and District Hospitals of all states under the National AYUSH Mission.
He further informed that under the same Mission, the Central government had approved providing support in setting up of four 50-bedded hospitals in the state (Moreh, Churachandpur, Lamphelpat and Keirao), while conveying that one 10-bedded Yoga and Naturopathy Hospital was also inaugurated at Kwakeithel Konjeng Leikai in Imphal West District Thursday.
Stating that the Ministry of AYUSH had also approved setting up of a new Homeopathic College at Keirao in Imphal East District, he said that the college would have a Homeopathy Pharmacy and a Drug Testing Laboratory as well. On the other hand, necessary land had already been acquired for upgrade of Regional Research Institute (Homeopathy), Imphal as well, he added.
In his address, CM Biren said that Manipur accounts for a fraction of a per cent of the total land area of the Earth. However, of the total 10,000 identified medical and aromatic plants found in different parts of the world, Manipur has around 500 varieties, he said.
Informing that the state government is targeting to dedicate the AYUSH Hospital being constructed at Keirao in Imphal East to the public by February next year, the chief minister said that he had discussed with the visiting Union Minister about providing an alternative livelihood through plantation of medicinal plants to the villagers, who are planting poppy and cannabis. Subsequently, Union Minister Naik has asked him to submit a DPR of the project to the Ministry for approval, he conveyed.
Biren continued that with the advent of the new government, Manipur is now able to send out positive vibes to other states and countries. He conveyed that a team of Japanese corporate executives called on him on Wednesday and sought nursing manpower to work in different hospitals of their country. For this, they wish to take Manipuri girls to Japan for giving nursing training suitable to their people and the country, he added.
In response to their request, the Chief Minister said that the state government is ready to provide a land or a building in Manipur for setting up of a nursing institute, wherein Japanese faculties may give training to Manipuri girls. From this institute, they can select talented and competent nurses for nursing jobs available in Japan, he added.
The Chief Minister further conveyed that a team of officials from Tata Group also visited the state recently and he had requested them to open a Cancer Hospital in the sate apart from extending technical support in river bed dredging works.
Mentioning various developmental works and welfare schemes taken up in the past one and half years of the new government, the CM said that the Government is fully committed to bringing down the number of BPL families in the state to the best possible minimum level before the end of the five-year tenure.
Delivering the presidential speech, Health and Family Welfare Minister L Jayantakumar said that AYUSH is a very unique system of health care that can effectively supplement the Allopathic system in providing health care to people. Apparently, promotion of AYUSH was done for namesake in the past. However, the new Government is very keen and committed in propagating this unique system of health care, he added.
CAF & PD Minister Karam Shyam, who attended as guest of honour said that although Manipur has a rich resource of medicinal plants, it is yet to be explored effectively. Manipur would become a self-reliant state if this huge resource were properly utilised, he opined.
Forest and Environment Minister Th Shyamkumar, PHE Minister L Dikho, Social Welfare Minister Nemcha Kipgen, Manipur Legislative Assembly Deputy Speaker K Robindro, MLAs, Principal Secretary (Health) Vumlunmang Vualnam and other high-ranking officials of the state government also attended the function.
During the function, the dignitaries distributed AYUSH medicinal kits and also released a souvenir.
Later, they inspected stalls opened by various Government and private firms.
Around 55 stalls of different companies, including a firm from Myanmar along with various government departments and agencies of different states and the Central Government are opened at the fair.

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