Hub for alternative medicines

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DUBAI – Knowing full well the consequence of today’s lifestyle among its citizens and expats, the United Arab Emirates is promoting traditional, complementary and alternative medicines.

Top health officials of the UAE met with health officials of India’s Ministry of AYUSH (Ayurveda, Yoga, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy) and the Science India Forum during the first International AYUSH Conference and Exhibition to discuss the big possibility of forging major proposals to support the wider acceptance of the alternative medicines.

The discussion is expected to yield positive results which would make UAE the hub for promoting traditional medicines in no time at all.

Shaikh Nahyan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Tolerance, inaugurated the three-day event organized by the Indian Ministry of AYUSH (Ayurveda, Yoga, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy) and the Science India Forum in the UAE.

Shripad Yasso Naik, Indian Minister of State for AYUSH, and Vaidya Rajesh Kotecha, secretary to the ministry, put forward several proposals and plans to Dr. Ameen Hussain Al Amiri, assistant undersecretary of Public Health Policy and Licensing Sector at the UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention.

Their suggestions included signing a memorandum of understanding between the two countries regarding the promotion of AYUSH, setting up an AYUSH chair in one of the universities in the UAE to conduct research and establishing a homeopathic college here.

Approving AYUSH pharmacopoeia and establishing manufacturing companies in UAE were also recommended to boost the availability and trade of medical products in this sector.

Welcoming their plans and suggestions in principle, Al Amiri said they could be implemented once they are taken up through the proper channel to ensure everything works within the regulations and specifications of the UAE health authorities.

Prices of branded drugs are constantly soaring, and the promotion of alternative medicines could very well cushion the impact of these skyrocketing prices of drugs. The discussions also focused on prevention of lifestyle diseases at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre.

About 1,200 delegates from over 20 countries are participating in the three-day event.

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