Afro-Indian TCAMI can provide cure for COVID-19, diabetes, others ― India High Commissioner

The High Commissioner of India, Abhay Thakur, has said Traditional, Complementary and Alternative Medicine Initiatives (TCAMI) can provide a cure for modern health hazards such as COVID-19, diabetes and mental health as well as serve the health needs of large populations at an affordable cost.

The Indian High Commissioner made the assertion in his speech on Saturday at the 7th international Day of Yoga celebration in Abuja themed “Yoga for Wellness”.

According to Thakur, in partnership with Africa, the Government of India will be holding an International Conference later in June 2021, focussing on universal wellbeing and commonalities between the indigenous knowledge system of Africa and the ancient Yoga traditions of India.

“The theme of the conference will be ‘Ubuntu and Yoga’. We believe that by bringing the two ancient and powerful cultures of India and Africa together, we will build upon and further refine our respective traditional cures for modern health hazards like Covid, diabetes and mental health, and serve the health needs of our large populations at an affordable cost”.

“Today I would like to thank the Federal Government of the Republic of Nigeria for its support to the International Yoga Day celebrations.

“I would also like to thank the Ministry of Health, which has been our steadfast partner for promoting and sharing the experience of traditional medicine and wellness in Nigeria.

I thank the leading Indian Ayurveda and herbal products company, Dabur, for promoting and indigenizing traditional products of both India and Africa, in Nigeria.

“The Covid-19 pandemic has once again shown to us that all of humanity will either swim together or sink together”.

“Today is a day when we rededicate ourselves to sharing and uniting in each other’s joys and sorrows, and to finding sustainable solutions to our problems.”

In her goodwill message, the Director of Traditional, Complementary and Alternative Medicine (TCAM), Zainab Shariff, assured that Nigerian is committed to the development and promotion of TCAM and Yoga.

She added that the Nigerian government is currently taking steps to approve TCAM Council Bill by the Federal Executive Council and forwarding it to National Assembly for passage into law towards the establishment of TCAM council.

She also said the government will inaugurate an expert committee to work out modalities to work out the establishment of an institute of TCAM for the training of TCAM practitioners as well as setting up TCAM hospitals and a clinic at the Federal Ministry of Health and part of the activities will include Yoga.



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