There is no halt to coronavirus. The virus has taken a virulent form in Guwahati. Globally also the virus refuses to be tamed. With no cure in sight, people at large are alarmed regarding their existence.
In this context, there is need to have a relook at India's rich traditional systems of medicines which boost overall wellness and immunity as a probable panacea for the corona pandemic. The recent scramble for Ayurvedic product Swayanprash in India, which claims to boost immunity, resulting in fast depletion of stocks from the shelves of kirana shops and department stores is a confirmation of the faith people have started reposing in traditional systems of medicines.
The Government of India has a dedicated department called AYUSH (Ayurveda, Unnani, Siddhi and Homeopathy) which promotes these alternative systems of medicines. On similar lines, the Assam government should also be enthusiastic in opening of more ayurvedic and homeopathic colleges in the State to encourage, among other things, research on the vast reservoir of herbs in the State to develop cures for cancer, heart diseases, diabetes, coronavirus etc. It is unfortunate that Assam has only one government ayurvedic college and one homeopathic college. The existence of the ayurvedic college came into focus recently when the Health Minister opened a COVID Care Unit in the college. Not much is known about the Government Homeopathic College or other streams.
The Assam government should take proactive steps to promote AYUSH in Assam not only to tap the power and potential of traditional systems of medicines, but also to give due recognition to the centuries-old system of care and cure.