NEW DELHI, Oct 28: The first ever National Ayurveda Day was celebrated throughout the country on the occasion of Dhanwantari Jayanti today.The main function was held here and was marked by a seminar on Diabetes which was inaugurated by Union Minister Dr Jitendra Singh.
An Ayurveda Day logo was also released on the occasion. The National Dhanwantary Ayurveda Awards were also given away today.
Inaugurating the Seminar on Prevention and Control of Diabetes through Ayurveda, Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region, Hon’ble Minister of State for Prime Minister’s Office, Personnel, Public Grievance & Pension, Department of Atomic Energy and Department of Space, Dr. Jitendra Singh said that it is a historic moment today since the first ever National Ayurveda Day is being celebrated. The credit for the same goes to the vision of the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi and the hard work of MoS, AYUSH, Shripad Yesso Naik, he added.
Dr. Jitendra Singh said that it is even more commendable that this time, the special day has been dedicated to the theme of diabetes. The Minister further explained that India has seen a surge in the incidence of diabetes over the last 15 years, especially among the younger generation.
Dr. Jitendra Singh advised that the focus of the Government should be on youth and pregnant women with respect to diabetes control and management. Since mental stress could be one of the important reasons behind diabetes, a holistic management of the disease is required including Ayurveda, Unani, Naturopathy, Yoga and lifestyle management.
Hon’ble Minsiter of State for AYUSH (Independent Charge), Shripad Yesso Naik launched the “Mission Madhumeh through Ayurveda” on the occasion today. Addressing the gathering at the seminar today, Shri Shripad Naik said that Ayurveda touches the entire way of life and therefore, we should look towards Ayurveda not only for treatment purposes but also for the promotion of a healthy life. There was a demand to declare Dhanwantari Jayanti as Ayurveda Day for a long time, so the Government decided to go ahead and do the same, the AYUSH Minister explained. He further said that each year, a single disease will be kept as a theme to generate awareness about prevention and control and to promote efforts of research through year long activities. Accordingly, the Madhumeh Mission has been declared as the first theme for the year 2016.