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President hails Ayurveda System:

WHO funds sought for Ayurveda research

President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday said the Government is exploring the possibility to obtain financial assistance from a fund maintained by the World Health Organization to promote Ayurvedic research in the country.

He added that Ayurvedic students should have proper understanding of the indigenous medical practising systems in foreign countries and the Government is in the process of discussing a mechanism with the WHO to provide scholarships to these students. The President was speaking at a meeting with the indigenous medical practitioners, Ayurvedic graduates and diplomates at Temple Trees yesterday. He said the Government has never discriminated against the Ayurvedic medical practitioners.

President Rajapaksa stressed that the indigenous medical practitioners and the western medical practitioners are treated as equal by the Government.

The President said the Government will develop a mechanism for integrating the indigenous medical practising system into the country’s development by promoting it in foreign countries.

He said the Ayurvedic system should be converted to a source of tourist attraction which will help increase the country’s foreign exchange earnings.

The President said the Ayurveda system received an impetus under the S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike Government in 1956 and thousands of students came out as Ayurvedic diplomates from the Gampaha and Borella Ayurvedic institutes.

President Rajapaksa said the Government succeeded in wiping out terrorism from the country.

He added that the Government did not neglect the country’s development though massive funds were channelled to eradicate terrorism. He said the country for the first time is witnessing the development of four harbours.

The first phase of the Hambantota harbour project is nearing completion, he said. President Rajapaksa said the Government averted the major power shortage by initiating several power generation projects such as Norochcholai Coal power plant, Upper Kotmale Hydro power plant and the Kerawalapitiya thermal power plant. President Rajapaska was also presented with a special memento by the indigenous medical practitioners in recognition of his service to the country.

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