National Ayurveda Day observed in Dimapur
Nagaland State Ayush Mission Society, department of Health & Family Welfare, Government of Nagaland observed the 3rd National Ayurveda Day on Monday at Chapel Hall District Hospital Dimapur. The program was organised by National Ayush Mission.
Addressing the gathering as special guest, CMO Dimapur, Dr. Vikato Kinimi opined that the medical profession was the best profession as it deals with well being of humans. However he lamented that many people in Nagaland do not understand its importance but worship money.
He reminded people practicing medicine to focus once again on how to take care of society and treat patients through their God gifted profession. While appreciating the young nursing students, he called the young nurses “Heaven angels on earth” and urged them to take care of patients considering it a great responsibility. He also reported that the ministry was trying its best to install a directorate of Ayurveda in the state.
Special invitee, MS, DHD, Dr. Z. Khesito Zhimo mentioned that Ayurveda was new to the state as this was only the third time the state was celebrating Ayurveda Day. He stated that in the Himalayan foothills, there are many medicinal plants about which Ayurvedic practitioners have better knowledge.
He hoped that they would share and impart their knowledge and lead the society towards a better life.
MO, NEIFM Pasighat ministry of Ayush, Dr. Imlikumba, explained that the term Ayurveda is made up of two words, “Ayur”, which means Life, and “Veda” meaning Knowledge; thus Ayurveda is the “Knowledge of Life”. He stated that Ayurveda has a two-fold aim -- maintenance of health, and making people healthy. He said that in today’s competitive world, when Aurveda has to exist with other systems of medicine, hard research was needed to provide prove of its viability.
SPO Ayush, Dr. John, speaking on Ayush and its activities, said that in the year 2014, the Government of India set up a new ministry called the Ministry of Ayush.
The National Ayush Mission (NAM) has been functioning under this ministry.
He reported that some of the main aims of NAM were to promote Ayush medical services, to strengthen educational institutions and to facilitate the enforcement of quality control of Ayurveda.
He said that it has a ten-bed Ayush medical service in Dimapur, 30-bed hospital in Noklak, and a 50-bed hospital for Kohima is under process. According to Dr. John, hospitals for Mokokchung, Longleng and Zunheboto have also been approved and work will commence very soon in Mokokchung while funds are being awaited for Longleng and Zunheboto.
He also said that Nagaland was one of the best performing states in Ayush medicine adding that all the districts will have one Ayush hospital in the near future.