Shillong, July 29: Union Minister of State in-charge for Ayush Shripad Yesso Naik laid the foundation stone of the second phase of the construction of North East Institute of Ayurveda & Homeopathy (NEIAH) at the campus, Mawdiangdiang, Shillong today.
The approximate estimated cost of the construction is Rs 40.80 crore for an area of 10481.53 sqm and will comprise of residential accommodation for students, doctors and staff and guest house.
The minister in his speech expressed that the second phase will cater some of the basic needs of students, doctors and employee of the institute.
“These infrastructures will ultimately facilitate better health care and management of the region,” Naik said. The Union Minister of State in-charge for AYUSH, while acknowledging the satisfactory performance of the institute since its start in 2016, said that this institute will be able to produce quality human resources which will directly benefit the health care system of the region.
“This will also motivate people for cultivation and preservation of valuable medicinal plants in the region; and it will be possible to promote and preserve the traditional knowledge of folk medicine,” he added.
The Union Minister of State in-charge for AYUSH also expressed that the intention of the AYUSH ministry is to further develop and provide necessary support to build the institute to a ‘centre of excellence’ to fulfil the need of National and International communities.
Naik said that the institution is investing itself in sensitizing AYUSH system in the North East region by rendering community services through camps in the adjoining areas.
He also informed that the institute is also going to undertake Panchakarma technician training as a skilled development programme for the youth of the region.
Claiming Panchakarma to be one of the most effective healing modality in Ayurvedic medicine, the Union Minister of State in-charge for AYUSH said that this combined therapy has the ability to heal many serious diseases.
He also added that integration of different medical practices and cross reference among them are going to open new horizon to combat non-communicable diseases. He said that these practice will lead to a paradigm shift in health care systems which will be cost effective and be easily accessible to the people of this region.