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India: Modi hails WHO’s role in facilitating COVID-19 global response

By Oluwaseun Sonde

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The Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi has commended the World Health Organization (WHO) important role in facilitating a coordinated global response to the COVID-19 pandemic, also noted the need to not lose sight of the battle against other diseases.

The Prime Minister disclosed this in a telephone conversation with WHO Director General, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on Thursday, while appreciated the importance of WHO’s support to the health systems of developing countries.

The Director General said that India had an important role to play in global health issues, while stressed the close and regular collaboration between the WHO and the Indian health authorities. “India’s domestic initiatives like the Ayushman Bharat scheme and India’s campaign against Tuberculosis.

The Prime Minister and the Director General agreed on the need for integrating traditional medicine solutions into modern medical practice through holistic protocols, and for careful scientific validation of time-tested traditional medicine products and practices.

Dr Ghebreyesus stressed that the potential of traditional medicine had not been adequately appreciated until now, and said that the WHO was actively working to encourage research, training and sharing of best practices in this area.  

In this context, the Director General strongly appreciated Prime Minister Modi’s unequivocal commitment to deploy India’s capacities as a leading manufacturer of vaccines and pharmaceuticals for the benefit of humanity. 

Prime Minister appreciated these efforts, and informed the Director General about the planned celebration of Ayurveda Day in India on 13 November, under the theme of ‘Ayurveda for COVID-19’.

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