Sarbananda Sonwal inaugurates Regional Research Institute of Unani Medicine in Silchar, “Will serve patients from all over India"
This is a landmark moment in the traditional medicine infrastructure of Barak Valley. The Regional Research Institute of Unani Medicine was inaugurated in Silchar by Sarbananda Sonwal, the Union Minister of AYUSH. The four-storey research institute cum health centre is built in an area spanning 3.30-acre land and has various facilities of Unani traditional medicine. This first-of-its-kind research institute in the North East and the minister said it will generate employment for qualified youths of the valley, said Sarbananda Sonwal.
Various facilities in this research institute include regimental therapy, a pediatric ward, an ultrasound scan facility and a biochemistry lab among others. It is equipped with a solar water heater and 15 KW Sonal Panel for power generation. Elected representatives and dignitaries were present at the inauguration ceremony.
Addressing the media Union Minister Sonwal said, “It is a remarkable institution for this North East Region. Treatment and research based on traditional medicines will be done here. It is an opportunity for us to discover the traditional medicinal plants and herbs present in this region and learn about their medicinal benefits. Today the demand for Unani and traditional medicines is skyrocketing in the international market. The market size will be $23 billion in the coming year and if we give importance to this medicine in this region many of our youths can benefit from this as this will generate employment and revenue”.
“This is not just beneficial for the people but also for our forests as this will bring awareness to protect our forest and keep such precious plants and herbs safe along with our forests. People will benefit from this in a great way, people will be disease free. We are the world leader in traditional medicine. The importance of our country has become more due to traditional medication, we are importing medicines to the USA, South Africa and many European nations”, the minister further said about traditional medicines.
About this research facility, Sonwal also said, “This is a world-class facility and first of its kind in the North East. This will not just target patients from North East or India, but from many foreign countries in the South Asian region and beyond”.