G20 acknowledges

In a significant gathering of G20 engagement groups held in New Delhi, stakeholders expressed a resolute view on the Government of India’s endeavours, placing Traditional Medicine at the forefront of discussions on global health. The interactive meeting, graced by distinguished personalities such as Shri Amitabh Kant, Sherpa G20, and Vaidya Rajesh Kotecha, Secretary, Ministry of Ayush, highlighted the potential role of Traditional Medicine in addressing pressing health challenges.

Shri Amitabh Kant, in his address, commended the Ministry of Ayush for actively collaborating with all engagement and working groups, stressing the importance of amplifying Ayush practices in achieving holistic health and wellbeing. He also noted the establishment of the WHO Global Centre for Traditional Medicine in India, which is set to harness the power of this ancient healing system.

Shri Lav Agarwal echoed the sentiment, emphasizing the acceptance of traditional medicine’s role in the health sector worldwide, especially in the context of integrative or holistic health approaches.

The gathering was marked by extensive sharing of experiences and insights from experts and senior officials, leading to a strong likelihood that the G20 health declaration will explicitly acknowledge the potential of Traditional Medicine.

Vaidya Rajesh Kotecha personally applauded the engagement and working groups for their contributions to the field of traditional medicine, underscoring the Ministry of Ayush’s successful efforts to highlight this practice during India’s G20 presidency.

The event also shed light on Ayush’s engagement with various G20 groups like Think20, Science20, Startup20, Civil20, Women20, Youth20, and Agriculture20, with the aim of projecting India as a global driver of Traditional Medicine and advancing medical knowledge and treatments.

The gathering featured esteemed personalities from various fields, including Prof. Sachin Chaturvedi, DG, RIS and Chair T20, Shri Chintan Vaishnav, India Chair, Shri Rajiv Vasudevan, MD & CEO, AyurVaid Hospitals, Dr. Subrata Sinha, Ex VP INSA & Professor AIIMS, Dr. Priya Nair, Working Group Coordinator of Amrita Hospital, Dr. Tanuja Nesari, Director of AIIA, and Kavita Garg, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Ayush.

The meeting marked a significant milestone in India’s efforts to position Traditional Medicine as a vital component of global social wellness and healthcare advancement on the G20 platform.


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