Kohima, November 18: National AYUSH Mission under Directorate of Health and Family Welfare, Nagaland today celebrated 2nd National Naturopathy Day on the theme “Mahatma Gandhi and nature cure” with Principal Secretary R. Ramakrishnan as special guest at Malo-o Indoor Stadium at Chedema village Kohima.
Marking the occasion, AYUSH Mission, Nagaland conducted poster competition, bare foot walk from the stadium till Chedema Peace Camp and also sun bath.
Addressing the gathering, Ramakrishnan challenged all to adopt healthy and ethical living so that “Our society will be free from all diseases and have a healthy society.”
He said Government of India has formed Ministry of AYUSH in 2014 to ensure the optimal development and propagation of AYUSH systems of health care.
He said that AYUSH Hospitals would connect all the districts of the state.
Citing the increase in cancer cases in Nagaland due to unhealthy eating habits, including smoked meat and tobacco, he said practicing the AYUSH system of living would enhance the life span of the people.
“We have to follow this system in order to remove the toxic elements from our body,” he said.
The principal secretary therefore asked the student volunteers from eight colleges attending the celebrations to be ambassadors of healthy living and spread message against consumption of tobacco products.
Delivering the keynote address, State Nodal Officer, National AYUSH mission, Nagaland, Dr Seyiekhrietuo John said naturopathy is a system of man building in harmony with constructive principles of nature on physical, mental, moral and spiritual planes of living. It has great health promotiv, disease preventive and curative as well as restorative potential, he said.
Nature cure is an art and science of healthy living and a drugless system of healing based on well founded philosophy, he said, adding that it has its own concept of health and disease and also principles of treatment.
He also informed that the 50 bedded AYUSH hospital for Kohima district will soon be inaugurated near Chakhabama process is on for Mokokchung and Longleng district AYUSH hospitals.
Meanwhile, the winners of poster exhibition includes: 1st – Mürhelü Vero (Ruzhukhrie Government Higher Secondary School, Kohima), 2nd- Khekiho Kinny (Mount Olive College, Kohima), Elivi Swu (Don Bosco College, Kohima), Megosietso (Don Bosco College Kohima), Limatula (Mount Olive College, Kohima) and Vekuheto (Don Bosco College, Kohima), 3rd – Viheto (Don Bosco College Kohima), Rachel W. Tsanglao (Baptist College Kohima) and Wungkahow Ramoor (Ruzhukhrie Government Higher Secondary School, Kohima).
Chaired by Assistant Director (AYUSH) Dr T Bendangtula, the program commenced with CBC Pastor Razouvolie saying invocation, while short speech was delivered by President Barazou Krotho, Kelezhatuo Medom and State Laison officer NSS, Zeneikho-o Benedict tendered the vote of thanks.
(Page News Service)