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India and WHO agrees to set up Global Centre for Traditional Medicine in Gujarat

The Government of India and the World health Organization (WHO) signed an agreement to establish Global Centre for Traditional Medicine in Jamnagar Gujarat. This centre will be officially opened on April 21.

Key Points:

  • This is supported by a USD 250 million investment from the Government of India.
  • It aims to harness the potential of traditional medicine from around the world through modern science and technology to improve people’s and the planet’s health.
  • Traditional medicine is believed to be used by approximately 80 per cent of the world’s population.
  • “For many millions of people around the world, traditional medicine is the first port of call to treat many diseases,” said Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General.
  • According to the WHO declaration, “traditional medicine” includes ancient methods like acupuncture, ayurvedic medicine and herbal mixes as well as modern pharmaceuticals used to preserve health and prevent, diagnose and cure physical and mental illness.

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