Bhubaneswar: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has placed significant emphasis on India’s traditional healthcare system, particularly yoga, which has now become a unifying force for global human society. Speaking as the chief guest at the ‘Odisha Health Connect Season 2’ conclave hosted by Argus News, Union Ayush and Ports, Shipping, and Waterways Minister Sarbananda Sonowal highlighted PM Modi’s commitment to holistic healthcare.
Describing Modi as a ‘Pradhan Sevak’ rather than just a ‘Pradhan Mantri,’ Sonowal praised the Prime Minister for bringing people together globally through the promotion of yoga. He emphasized the integration of Ayush (Ayurveda, Yoga, Unani, Siddha, and Homeopathy) services at all levels of health institutions, with both allopathic and Ayush doctors diagnosing and treating diseases.
Sonowal noted the significant increase in the annual budget for Ayush, which has grown from Rs 79 crore to an impressive Rs 1200 crore since Modi assumed office. The Union Minister also highlighted the success of the International Yoga Day, proposed by PM Modi and endorsed by the UN General Assembly. Celebrated by 135 countries, the event attracted 24.4 crore participants globally on June 21, 2023, fostering a sense of unity across the world.
Addressing the importance of water for life sustenance, Sonowal commended the Prime Minister’s focus on developing a holistic health ecosystem, including initiatives like Ganga Rejuvenation. He expressed gratitude to Argus authorities for organizing programs on health, agriculture, and tourism for the growth of Odisha.
The conclave, attended by health experts, students, and prominent figures from Ayush departments, provided a platform to discuss modern-day lifestyle issues and health system concerns. Argus News Editor-in-Chief Sanjaya Kumar Jena welcomed the guests and outlined the objectives of the health conclave. Eminent Cardiologist Dr. Akshya Bisoi and AMRI Executive Director Dr. Satyananda Mishra addressed issues related to contemporary health systems, offering valuable suggestions for improvement.