The second International AYUSH Conference and Exhibition on Ayurveda and other traditional medical systems was held in Dubai. While big international companies and other businessmen participated enthusiastically in this conference, on the other hand many AYUSH doctors and researchers also participated in it. January 13 to 15, the three-day event was dedicated to showcasing AYUSH (Ayurveda, Yoga, Unani, Siddha, Homeopathy) as a reliable healthcare system for preventing and managing Non-Communicable Chronic Diseases (NCDs).
The theme of this conference was, “Non-Communicable Chronic Diseases – Prevention & Management through AYUSH,” in which AYUSH as a prevention-oriented and cost-effective approach to creating a disease-free society. With over 1500 experts expected from India, the Middle East, Far East, Africa, Europe, Australia, and America, the conference is set to become a global platform for discussions and collaborations in the field of traditional medicine.
V. Muraleedharan, the Minister of State for External Affairs in the Government of India, who was the chief guest at the inaugural event,
The event, featuring 50 talks, 300 research papers, and 1300 global delegates, aims to shed light on AYUSH systems’ efficacy in preventing and managing Non-Communicable Chronic Diseases (NCDs). Minister Muraleedharan emphasized the timely nature of the conference, given the alarming global statistics of over 41 million annual NCD-related fatalities.
The minister highlighted India’s ancient AYUSH traditions, which are gaining international recognition and popularity post-COVID. AYUSH started being promoted only after Prime Minister Narendra Modi came to power. For this reason, such events have started taking place at the international level as well.
In this conference, Minister Muraleedharan expressed gratitude to the UAE for supporting AYUSH practices and anticipated the conference would further strengthen India-UAE collaboration in traditional medicines and medical tourism. He also invited participation in the historic visit of PM Modi to inaugurate the BAPS Hindu Mandir in the UAE, expecting it to be the largest gathering of Indians to witness the transformative leader’s address.
Acknowledging the support from the UAE government in approving traditional medicine practices, he expressed gratitude for the over 500 AYUSH practitioners in the UAE. He said that the conference would strengthen India-UAE collaboration in traditional medicines and medical tourism. He highlighted the potential of India becoming a health and wellness hub, attracting investments and creating jobs. In his speech, Satish Kumar Sivan, CGI Dubai, underlined the potential for collaboration in holistic health and wellness between India and the UAE. All these are pointers to the fact that there is vast potential for the two countries to tap into in the field of holistic health and Wellness. What better way to do it than collaborate in the field of traditional medicine.