KOZHIKODE: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said the government was fully committed to promotion of Ayurveda and traditional systems of medicines.
Inaugurating the Vision Conclave-2016 of Global Ayurveda Fest in Kozhikode, Mr. Modi said escalating costs of treatment, side effects of medicines have prompted experts to think of widening horizons to traditional systems.
Noting that in India, "we have had a long great tradition of saints and hermits who evolved our own indigenous systems of healthcare," Mr. Modi urged: "We need to look beyond providing healthcare and engage in the pursuit of good health, a combination of physical and mental well being."
He further said: "Traditional medicine is affordable to many rural people, locally available to the communities, time-tested for its safety and efficacy."
Mr. Modi arrived in Kozhikode on Tuesday at around 12 noon. Governor P. Sathasivam, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy and senior BJP leaders welcomed Modi at the international airport.
Tight security arrangements were in place in connection with the maiden visit Mr. Modi.
He will later fly to Coimbatore.