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    Foundation of Homoeopathy and Unani Research Institute laid in Mumbai

    Minister of AYUSH Shripad Yesso Naik on Monday (28-12-2015) laid the foundation of a research institute for homoeopathy and unani in Kharghar in Navi Mumbai with the aim of enhancing research activities in incurable diseases including HIV/AIDS and cancer.

    The research institute will be under the Central Council for Research in Homoeopathy (CCRH) and Central Council for Research in Unani Medicine (CCRUM), both apex bodies for research under the AYUSH Ministry.

    "High quality research in Homoeopathy and Unani medicine is essential for the growth, development and scientific usage in health care systems.

    "The Ministry of AYUSH is committed to strengthening of all existing research institutes. This upcoming institute is a significant step of the government for inculcating research aptitude in students of various colleges already functional in Maharashtra," Naik said while speaking on the occasion.

    The Minister assured full cooperation of the Centre in the development of AYUSH systems in Maharashtra while emphasising that the state government should utilise provisions of centrally-sponsored schemes and establish homoeopathic and unani colleges in the government sector.

    "There is need to give employment to homoeopathic and unani doctors at primary health care," the Minister said.

    Vice-president of the Central Council of Homoeopathy, Arun Bhasme said there is a need to develop AYUSH infrastructure in the state which can be done under the patronage of the Ministry.

    Member of Legislative Assembly Prashant Thakur said that the development of the research institute will lead to the identification of strength areas of the AYUSH systems, which can be translated to effective and efficient public health delivery system.

    He stressed that in the Kharghar district, there are tribal areas that are underserved and the institution should provide special care to tribal areas.

    These institutes will be completed within 18 months and once operational, there will be provision of world class homoeopathy and unani treatment, apart from undertaking research in incurable diseases like HIV/AIDS, Cancer, chronic skin diseases like psoriasis, vitiligo amongst others.

    The institutes will have state-of-the-art laboratories and investigation facilities where patients can be given treatment with modern outlook.

    Source: Business Standard

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