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Kerala institute gets Centre’s invite for launching integrative healthcare in India

IAD Founder-Director Dr S R Narahari and the IAD campus at Uliyathadka, Kasargod.

The Union Government will soon roll out its ambitious Integrative Healthcare project in all premier health institutions in the country for the benefit of the people. Among the prominent institutions, Institute of Applied Dermatology (IAD) in Kerala will be one of the key institutions that will coordinate with the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) for implementing the project.

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) has convened a meeting on October 30 at National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences (NIMHANS), Bengaluru, to deliberate on the conception and implementation of integrative healthcare across premier healthcare institutions in India. Ministry of Ayush Secretary Rajesh Kotecha will chair the meeting.

IAD founder-director Dr S R Narahari has been invited to attend the meeting, among other prominent personalities from the medical field and the health ministry. While NIMHANS will lead the role in implementing Integrative Healthcare, the IAD team led by Dr S R Narahari will provide necessary support in implementing integrative medicine for the treatment of chronic skin diseases, Lymphatic Filariasis, and Lymphedema.

The other prominent personalities attending the meeting include Department of Health Research Dr. Rajiv Bahl, National Medical Commission President Dr B N Gangadhar, NIMHANS former director Dr D Nagaraja, Dr Madhu Dixit of Translational Health Science and Technology Institute (THSTI), Prof. Nandini Kumar of ICMR, Dr Sharmila S Mande of TCS Labs, and Dr Aravind Chopra of the Centre for Rheumatic Diseases.

“The Union Government recognises the benefits of Integrative Medicine, which combines the best of all systems of medicine for the welfare of the patients. IAD is thankful to the Union Health Ministry for giving us the opportunity to be part of this revolutionary decision to implement integrative health care in all premier healthcare institutions in the country. Our scientifically evidenced-based integrative treatment protocol for Lymphedema and Lymphatic Filariasis has successfully shown the world how Yoga and Ayurveda can be integrated with modern medicine to successfully treat a neglected tropical disease like Lymphatic Filariasis, which affects millions of people worldwide,” Dr Narahari said.

As per the details, the Union Government has given utmost priority to Integrative Health Care (IHC), and the launch of the Global Centre for Traditional Medicine in April 2022 in India has come a long way in India, taking the lead in IHC. The government also established departments of Integrative Medicine in AIIMS and NIMHANS. In fact, NIMHANS became the first Institute of National Importance (INI) to conceive the paradigm of Integrative health care in the area of Neuropsychiatry.

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