Document diseases cured by Ayurveda: Kalam

`Treatment for ailments such as AIDS should be found'

Staff Reporter

KOCHI: President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam has called for a scientific documentation of diseases that can be cured by Ayurveda.

Addressing a packed audience at the inauguration of an Ayurveda College Hospital complex in Thripunitura on Saturday, the President urged all those associated with Ayurveda to come up with solutions for various diseases. "What is needed in the country today is the evolution of treatment for disease like HIV and HIV-TB combination. If Ayurveda research and practice can give a solution, it will be a great contribution to the world," he said.

Mr. Kalam said Kerala had been a leader in the Ayurveda system of medicine for centuries. "The traditional eight branches of Ayurveda treat various types of diseases and provide personalised treatment to individuals. Ancient knowledge is a unique resource of India, for it has the treasure of a minimum of 5,000 years of civilisation," he said.

Urging the Government to introduce the idea of mobile clinics in the State, the President recalled the success story of a mobile clinic and research centre in Uttaranchal. "After three years of its operation, I found this mobile clinic has been used in six districts of Uttaranchal and nearly 45,000 patients were treated during this period. Among the patients treated, 48 per cent belong to the below poverty line category," he said.

Mr. Kalam said the mobile clinic had been used in regions that are normally inaccessible and where organised medical facility was not available. "I would recommend the Ayurveda hospital in Thripunitura to have a mobile clinic moving to different villages located in Kerala, particularly hilly regions and conduct periodic medicare camps. The number of patients coming as outpatients in the hospital will reduce substantially through the services rendered by the mobile clinic. The research potential of the hospital will also increase," he added.

The President urged doctors, researchers and students at the Ayurveda Hospital to carry out collaborative research with other renowned Ayurvedic and allopathic hospitals. He said this effort would help in increasing the diagnosis and treatment database. Speaking on the occasion, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said the Government would give special emphasis to development of Ayurveda system of medicine in the Kerala Vision document for the next 10 years. Ayurveda could generate several employment opportunities in the State, he added.

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