World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on Tuesday thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for joining forces with the world health body on hosting and building the global traditional health centre.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, World Health Organisation chief Ghebreyesus and Mauritius Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth laid the foundation stone for the WHO Global Centre for Traditional Medicine (GCTM) in Gujarat’s Jamnagar city in April this year.
The centre, supported by India’s investment of $250 million, aims at exploiting the potential of traditional medicine from around the world through modern science and technology to improve the health of people and the planet, says the WHO.
In a tweet, Ghebreyesus said, “Thank you #India Prime Minister @narendramodi for your collaboration with @WHO on hosting and building the global traditional health centre. Together for #HealthForAll! #G20.” The WHO chief, who is in Bali to attend the ongoing G20 summit, also posted a picture of him with the Prime Minister at the summit.
In response, the Prime Minister tweeted, “Happy to have met you in Bali, @DrTedros! India is committed to doing everything possible to build a healthier planet.”
According to WHO, around 80% of the global population is estimated to use traditional medicine. To date, 170 of the 194 WHO members with reported use of traditional medicine have asked for its support in creating a body of reliable evidence and data on traditional medicine practices and products.