Thiruvananthapuram: The state government’s aim is to bring all treatment methods under one roof like in some foreign countries where allopathy and the traditional systems of medicine are working side-by-side, said chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan. He was speaking at the valedictory function of the International Ayush conclave here on Tuesday.
Ayush treatment methods need special encouragement as most of the tourists who visit the state were in search of traditional treatments, he said. “Therefore, it is necessary to ensure quality in the sector and provide them better treatment,” said the CM. The state government’s aim is to provide quality treatment at a low cost and no one should be denied treatment for want of money, he said.

Kerala, which has won international recognition for the activities in the healthcare sector, is now giving importance for patient-friendly hospitals. The traditional systems of medicine, including ayurveda, have been playing a very important role in the prevention of diseases. Efforts should be made to recover the lost knowledge in the traditional systems of medicine.

Health minister K K Shailaja said on the occasion that the state government‘s aim was to promote cultivation and export of medicinal plants.

“This would help get a livelihood for many people. The state should be made a hub of the traditional systems of medicine,” she said. The Ayush conclave was the first step in this direction to utilize the services and expertize of the foreign experts in the state,” the minister said. As part of the promotion of the Ayush sector, international Ayush chain should be set up, she added.

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