The Institute of Teaching and Research in Ayurveda (ITRA), an institute under the Ayush Ministry in Jamnagar, will host the center which will be set up on 35 acres of land on the airport road. It should start operating by 2024.
Speaking to the media in Jamnagar on Friday, Union Minister Ayush, Sarbananda Sonowal said, “It is very great news for all of us that WHO has decided to open the world’s first traditional medicine center in India. It is a great success for those who are tied to the traditional treatment system. The inauguration ceremony of this center will be organized in the presence of PM Modi and the Director General of the WHO.
A press release issued by the global health body on its website on March 25 reads: “WHO and the Government of India have signed an agreement to establish the GCTM. This center supported by a $250 million investment from the Indian government aims to harness the potential of traditional medicine worldwide through modern science and technology to improve the health of people and the planet.
According to ITRA, this center will focus on collecting evidence and learning, data and analysis, and scientific proof of the contribution of traditional medicine to global health.
ITRA Director, Vaidh Anup Thakar said, “We plan to start a temporary center as soon as possible in a temporary building at our center and the permanent building is expected to be completed by 2024. Here, the experts from the traditional medicine from around the world will research, analyze the data and find the benefits of each traditional medicine.
According to the WHO, it is estimated that around 80% of the world’s population uses traditional medicine.
Quoting Dr Ghebreyesus, the WHO press release added: “For millions of people around the world, traditional medicine is the first port of call to treat many diseases. Ensuring that all people have access to safe and effective treatment is a core part of WHO’s mission, and this new center will help harness the power of science to strengthen the evidence base for traditional medicine. .