“Cooperation between Bangladesh and India during the pandemic is a model of good neighborly diplomacy”

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today said the exchange of Covid-19 medicines and medical equipment between Bangladesh and India during the outbreak of the pandemic was a model of “good neighbor” diplomacy.

“The whole world has seen how two neighbors support each other and work together in times of crisis,” she said in a video message to the inaugural ceremony of the Global Center for Traditional Medicine (GCTM) being held in Jamnagar in the Indian state. from Gujarat.

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She said better results in ensuring basic health care for all are expected if traditional medicine is practiced in tandem with modern medicine.

The Prime Minister also said that the emergence of the Covid-19 pandemic has shown the need to review our objective of ensuring the good health and well-being of the population.

She expressed confidence that the World Center for Traditional Medicine will become a global hub for research and evidence-based standards for traditional medicine.

“It is important that the ancient knowledge base of traditional medicine is combined with modern science and technology to maximize its benefits,” she said.

In Bangladesh, Hasina said, traditional medicine has always been a part of history and cultural tradition. “Our government incorporated traditional medicine into our national health policy in 2011,” she said.

“We have officially recognized the potential contribution of Unani, Ayurvedic and Homeopathic medical services to our efforts to achieve SDG-3,” she said.

She said there are 73 institutes in Bangladesh that offer four-year diploma courses and four colleges that offer bachelor’s degrees in traditional medicines.

Besides offering outpatient services by traditional medicine experts, most district and sub-district level public health facilities are equipped with herbal medicine gardens, she added.

She mentioned that Bangladesh looked forward to partnering with the Global Center on critical issues such as quality control, curriculum development and regulatory standards.

Hasina said the efforts of the Indian government, under the dynamic leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, to control the Covid-19 pandemic and achieve massive vaccination coverage are truly commendable.

She mentioned that Bangladesh also managed to control the pandemic and the first dose of vaccine covered 100% of the target population while the second dose covered 97%.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Mauritian Prime Minister Pravind Kumar Jugnauth and WHO Director General Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus also spoke on the show.

The WHO Global Center for Traditional Medicine (GCTM) is a center of knowledge on traditional medicine.

Rebecca R. Santistevan