JK can be ideal destination for herbal tourism: CM

JK can be ideal destination for herbal tourism: CM

Safeena Wani
SRINAGAR: Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed on Monday said that Jammu and Kashmir was a “rich repository” of medical plants.
He also said that due to the surge in global trade of herbal supplements and remedies, JK can position itself as “an ideal destination in herbal tourism”.
“JK is a rich repository of medicinal plants and the state can significantly contribute towards ever-expanding herbal medicinal market,” Mufti said while addressing delegates at a global conference on Unani Medicine organized by Directorate of Indian System of Medicine here.
He also called for giving a level-playing field to the alternative system of medicines and integrating it effectively into the state’s public health services.
“I hope the Health minister shows us the way in facilitating revival of homoeopathy so that it regains the stature it enjoyed in old times when it had panacea to our ills,” he added.
The two-day conference, which has attracted a large number of delegates from all over the world including the US, the UK, Germany, Sri Lanka and UAE, was earlier scheduled last year but could not be held due to floods in the state.
Referring to the predilection of people for taking medicines for “instant results” in a fast-moving world, Sayeed pointed out the efficacy of homoeopathy as a time-tested system which still has a wide acceptance among masses in our country.
“The Health department will have to travel an extra mile to promote Unani medicine in times when its mainstream counterparts like allopathy are making huge strides and gaining popularity,” he said.

Construction of Unani medical college stalled
While the issue of establishing an AIIMS facility in the state is yet to be sorted out, the construction of a Unani Medical College here has again put the government in a tight spot.
“Funds were released for establishment of one such college in the state while people have demanded two such institutes. This has led to stagnation of the project,” minister for Health and Medical education, Choudary Lal Singh said during the conference.
“None of these proposed medical colleges could be constructed due to paucity of funds,” he said.
The two-day Conference is witnessing participation of delegates from US, UK, Germany, Sri Lanka and UAE was earlier scheduled last year but could not be held due to the floods.