KERALA

‘Ensure quality of ayurveda drugs’

Caution: Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan inaugurating the State meet of the Ayurveda Hospital Management Association in Kollam on Thursday.

Caution: Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan inaugurating the State meet of the Ayurveda Hospital Management Association in Kollam on Thursday.  

Staff Reporter

KOLLAM: V.S. Achuthanandan has said that the Kerala Ayurveda Health Centres (issue of licence and control) Bill 2007 will be taken up by the next Assembly session for enactment.

He was inaugurating the second State conference of the Ayurveda Hospital Management Association (AHMA) here on Thursday.

He said that before enactment, detailed discussions on the Bill would be held with all concerned. Demands raised by ayurveda hospitals in this connection would also be considered.

Gandhi’s choice

Mr. Achuthanandan said that the State government was keen on promoting all systems of medicine. In fact, except for nature cure, the government had hospitals and medical colleges for all systems of medicine. He said that nature cure should also be promoted since Mahatma Gandhi had high regards for the system.

The Chief Minister, however, said that ayurveda, like allopathy, was not free from criticism. The ayurveda sector should ensure that medicines’ quality does not suffer due to large scale production. In pursuit of profits, this aspect is sometimes overlooked.

“Kerala is considered the global ayurveda capital. Ayurveda claims to have remedies for many viral attacks, which other medical streams do not have. But it is doubtful whether the sector is utilising such remedies effectively,” he said.

One section is engaged in harming ayurveda through unbecoming accusations.

“All systems of medicine must have mutual respect,” he said. The focus should not be on having the upper hand, but on curing diseases.

There is a situation in the State where sex tourism is being promoted in the guise of ayurveda treatment by unauthorised massage centres. The State government has initiated strong action against them.

He said that he was happy to note that the AHMA was acting strongly against some of the unhealthy trends in the ayurveda sector.

Measures are also being taken by the government to ensure the quality of ayurveda medicines sold in the State. The function was presided over by AHMA president Vijayan Nangelil.

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