After etching its position in history as the first ever model tourism village in the country, it will soon proudly own a research centre in the Unani system of medicine in the State.

Ever wondered how much development can a small village boast of? Answers are right here at Kumbalanghi, the idyllic village on the outskirts of the city. After etching its position in history as the first ever model tourism village in the country, it will soon proudly own a research centre in the Unani system of medicine in the State.

This decision was announced at the inauguration of the satellite unit of the Clinical Research Unit (Unani) of the Central Council for Research in Unani Medicine (CCRUM) at Edathala. This is the second clinic of the Unani system in the State.

The clinic was inaugurated on Monday by K.V. Thomas, Union Minister of State for Food and Consumer Affairs, who was also instrumental in redefining the fortunes of the village by conceptualising the model tourism village project during his tenure as the State Minister for Tourism.

Syed Shakir Jamil, Director General of CCRUM, had requested the State Government for an acre of land already allotted in the Periyar Valley Irrigation Project at Vazhakulam for constructing a new building for its CRU.

The one at Edathala has been functioning with limited facilities for the last 25 years.

In response, that space was allotted for the research centre at Kumbalanghi, along with the satellite unit. CCRUM is an autonomous body under the Department of AYUSH in the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

“Many Kumbalanghi residents go all the way to Edathala (near Aluva) for treatment, and that gave us the idea. This satellite unit will be of use to those using Unani system of medicine in Ernakulam and West Kochi area,” said Shaji Kuruppassery, secretary of Kumbalanghi Model Tourism Development Society.

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