PANAJI, March 29, 2016 ….  The 4 day National AROGYA fair began at Dr. Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Indoor Stadium, Goa University Road, Bambambolim.

The fair is jointly organized by the Ministry of Ayurveda, Yoga & Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha, Sowa Rigpa & Homoeopathy (AYUSH) Government of India, Government of Goa and by Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).

The fair was inaugurated by the Chief Minister Shri Laxmikant Parsekar along with Shri Shripad Yesso Naik, Minister of State (I/C), Ministry of Ayush and MoS, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare by lighting traditional lamp.

Speaking on the occasion Chief Minister appreciated the work of Ayush Minister Shri Shripad Naik and said Ministry of Ayurveda is doing good job in the field of Yoga & Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha, & Homoeopathy.

Chief Minister said, 38 posts have been created in order to give good medical facilities in the various hospitals in the state and these facilities will be introduced in district hospitals at the initial stage and later in sub-district hospitals and in other health sector.

Chief Minister further said, medical tourism is growing in the state, in order to develop Goa as a health destination hub the Government is keen to attract investments by giving them attractive facilities in order to draw more medical tourists to Goa. He appealed the people to practice Ayurveda, Yoga and naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy as alternative medicines.

           Others Present on the occasion were Deputy Chief Minister Shri Francis D’Souza, Speaker of Goa Legislative Assembly Shri Anant Shet, Forest Minister Shri Rajendra Arlekar, Minister for Science and Technology Smt. Alina Saldanha, Leader of Opposition Shri Pratapsing Rane, Shri Sudhir Mahajan, Secretary for Health, Goa, Shri Anil Ganeriwala, Jt. Secretary of Ayush, Govt. Of India and Shekhar Sardesai, Chairman of CII.


Addressing the inaugural session, Shri Shripad Yesso Naik said that India can bring in a revolution in healthcare and be a teacher to the world if we capitalize on our strengths in the traditional systems of medicine. He said, the World Health Organization (WHO) also wants to join hands with India to spread awareness about AYUSH.

Shri Naik further said, the fair is being organized in Goa with the objective of promoting & popularizing Indian Medicine Systems to the general public and update industry of the latest developments in the sector, to promote & propagate the Indian Medicine Systems namely Ayurveda, Yoga, Unani, Siddha, Sowa-Rigpa and Homeopathy.

Shri Naik further explained that, for last several years, there has been a tremendous resurgence of World’s interest in the AYUSH Systems of Medicine, including countries in Europe and USA. This is mainly because of holistic approach towards preventive, promotive and positive health and multi-dimensional aspects of disease management in these traditional systems of medicine. 

Shri Naik said alike All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in New Delhi, the ministry is working towards setting up AYUSH AIIMS in each state of the country soon.

Some of the major highlights of the fair include free medical check-ups, distribution of medicines and technical sessions will be organized. The fair would be an excellent platform to promote Indian Medicine Systems & Healthy living to the general public as well as sharing the latest research work in sector and showcase the true potential of State in the sector.

         The fair has been organized across various states Delhi, Bangalore, Pune, Calcutta, Bhubaneswar, Kozhikode, and has received an overwhelming response and successfully met its objective to spread awareness about Ayurveda, Yoga, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy (AYUSH) so as to integrate it with the mainstream healthcare delivery structure.

          Technical Sessions will be held on all days on emerging trends in industry and Live Yoga Demonstration, Demonstration of Home Remedies for treatment of common ailments and Display of medicinal plants, Ayurvedic, Unani Medicines for common ailments would be some of the attractions for all the visitors.

          Dr. Nilesh Korde, Dr. Anuradha Bale, Dr. Mahesh Verlekar, Dr. Satyavan Naik, Dr. Francisco Fernandes and Dr. Datta Bhat were felicitated at the hands of Chief Minister by offering them showl and a mementoes.

          Deputy Chief Minister Shri Francis D’Souza and Shri Anil Ganeriwala also spoke on the occasion.

Earlier Shri Sudhir Mahajan, IAS, welcomed the guests. Shri Shekhar Sardesai proposed vote of thanks.


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