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    New Delhi: S&T Minister calls for the integration of medical systems

    New Delhi: Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Science & Technology; Minister of State (Independent Charge) Earth Sciences; MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh has stressed the need to institutionalise an integrated approach for adequate treatment and prevention of diseases. Speaking at the Jamia Hamdard University here, after inaugurating a state-of-art Transmission Electron Microscopy facility funded by the Union Ministry of Science & Technology on Tuesday, the Minister said that during the COVID pandemic even the West has started looking up to India in search of immunity building techniques drawn from Ayurveda, Homoeopathy, Unani, Yoga, Naturopathy, and other oriental alternatives. 

    However, even after the COVID phase passes out, an optimum integration and synergism of different streams of medical management are the key to the successful management of various diseases and disorders which may not be otherwise completely amenable to treatment by any single stream of medicine, or the treatment given in silos.

    Dr Jitendra Singh said that ever since Narendra Modi took over as Prime Minister in 2014, he has brought to centre stage the virtues of indigenous medical management systems. It was he who brought a unanimous resolution in the United Nations to observe the International Day of Yoga, as a result of which Yoga has reached virtually every household across the world. It was Again he created a separate Ministry of AYUSH, considering the importance of the indigenous medical management system. Also, it was the Modi Government which started MD in Unani Medicine at Srinagar.

    Referring to this year’s theme, “Integrated approach in science and technology for sustainable future”, the Minister said efforts need to be made to integrate all medicine systems under one roof so that a patient with a single card can consult all medical consultants about their disease. He outlined the various government efforts including the Digital Health Mission.

    He recalled that since its inception in 1989, Jamia Hamdard’s progress has been stupendous. It has been ranked as best pharmacy institute in the country as per the National Institutional Framework (NIRF) Rankings, conducted by the Ministry of Education, consecutively for last three rankings. Congratulating the leadership, faculty, and students of the institution for their achievements, he called for continued efforts that will bring name and fame not only to Jamia Hamdard but also to the country.

    He informed that the Department of Science and Technology has been supporting Jamia Hamdard in research grants and fellowships to faculty and research scholars. The institute has been receiving assistance under the DST-PURSE (Promotion University Research and Scientific & Excellence), DST-FIST (Fund for Improvement of S&T Infrastructure in Universities and Higher Educational Institutions), DST-CSRI (Cognitive Science Research Initiative), and other programmes.

    Initiate News Agency (INA), New Delhi

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