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Sri Lanka to regulate Ayurveda, improve research

Aug 14, 2017 18:45 PM GMT+0530 | 0 Comment(s)


ECONOMYNEXT - Sri Lanka will introduced legislation to upgrade the Ayurveda department, ensure minimum standards of traditional healing with a new push to ensure better quality research, Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne said.

The Ayurveda department under his ministry will be upgraded within a few months in line with the directorate of medical services which handles allopathic medicine, the minister announced in Colombo.

He was also proposing a medical council to govern traditional medicine practitioners to improve the quality of their service and ensure minimum standards.

"I have already been given the draft legislation and I hope to have it approved by parliament in about three months,” the minister said.

He said the sector required better regulation to win the confidence of patients and popularise traditional medicine.

The minister said there were about 23,000 Ayurveda, Unani and Siddha practitioners in the country and he hoped to improve the sector by increasing the research capacity at the Navinna research centre.

Sri Lanka will also host an international conference in November to share the expertise of specialists in other countries, including India, China, Japan, Korea and several other nations.

"This International conference ultimately aims to promote the need of evidence-based research...and creating a platform" for collaborative work, the ministry said in a statement. (COLOMBO, August 14, 2017)


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