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Ministers to meet on ayurveda

Published: 
Monday, October 31, 2011

Several government ministers will hold discussions on ayurvedic medicine with an Indian delegation this week, November 2 to 5. Minister of Health Dr Fuad Khan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Communications Dr Surujrattan Rambachan and Minister of Tourism Dr Rupert Griffith will meet with members of the delegation led by Shri Anil Kumar, secretary Indian Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Department of AYUSH (Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Siddha and Homeopathy), Indian High Commissioner, Sri Malay Mishra said. Other members of the Indian delegation are Dr Deo Dutt Sharma, joint secretary, AYUSH, Sri Bala Persad, National Medicinal Plants Board, Dr DC Katoch, adviser and Dr Ravi Narayan Acharya, associate professor, Gujarat Ayurvedic University.

This visit is a follow-up to the International Conference and Exhibition on Ayurveda held in collaboration with the University of the West Indies (UWI) in August 2010, Mishra said. The delegation will also meet members of the Alternative Medical Board; Faculty Members of the University of the West Indies; the University of Trinidad and Tobago (UTT) and several medical practitioners. There has been a mushrooming of ayurvedic practitioners in Trinidad and Tobago within recent years, and several plants are now cultivated locally.

The Indian High Commission in collaboration with several Government ministries will hold a one-day seminar and two workshops at the NCIC’s  auditorium, Divali Nagar on November 4 and 5, starting at 11 am. The delegation will also visit Tobago on Friday. Sri Mishra said  Ayurveda was the ancient philosophy of health and wellbeing. “It means the art of living wisely, and it is considered by many scholars to be the oldest healing science. “Ayurveda is a holistic approach to health that is designed to help people live long, healthy and well-balanced lives. It has been practised in India for at least 5,000 years and is also popular in Western societies.”