Unani Day Current Affairs - 2019
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February 11 every year is observed as the Unani Day. As part of the Unani Day celebrations, various activities including marathons, writathon, quiz competitions, public health talks, daily health tips for the general public and workshops were organised across the country.
National Conference on Unani Medicine for Public Health
To commemorate the Unani Day 2019 a two day National Conference on Unani Medicine for Public Health was held at New Delhi.
The two-day conference had a dedicated session on lifestyle disorders and their management, regiment therapy, mother and child care, geriatric care, integration and mainstreaming of Unani Medicine in public health and globalisation of Unani Medicine. Also, a ceremony was held for the distribution of AYUSH Awards for Unani Medicine during the conference.
The conference shed light on the important role played by Unani Medicine in public health especially in combating NCDs, lifestyle disorders and various chronic diseases by providing cost-effective Unani treatment and quality products for patient healthcare.
The conference was hosted to provide an excellent platform for sharing of knowledge and development of linkages between institutes and organisations engaged in the promotion and development of Unani Medicine.
Why February 11 is celebrated as Unani Day?
February 11 marks the birth anniversary of Hakim Ajmal Khan. Hakim Ajmal Khan took great interest in the expansion and development of the native system of Unani medicine and to that end built three important institutions, the Central College in Delhi, the Hindustani Dawakhana and the Ayurvedic and Unani Tibbia College better known as Tibbia College, Delhi, which expanded research and practice in the field and saved the Unani System of Medicine from extinction in India.
His efforts infused a new force and life into an otherwise decaying Unani medical system under British rule. In recognition of the contribution of Hakim Ajmal Khan, the Ministry of AYUSH adopted 11th February as Unani Day in 2017.
The International Conference on Unani Medicine was held in New Delhi. It was inaugurated by Minister of State (IC) for Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region, MoS PMO, Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions Dr. Jitendra Singh.
It was organised by Central Council for Research in Unani Medicine (CCRUM), under Ministry of AYUSH is organizing as part of celebration of Unani Day (February 11). The theme of the conference was Integration of Unani System of Medicine in main stream healthcare.
Various national level eminent personalities and stakeholders from academia, industry, regulators, and researchers in field of Unani Medicine participated in deliberations of conference. Besides delegates from countries like South Africa, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, UK, China, US, Portugal, UAE, Slovenia, Israel, Hungary, Bahrain, Tajikistan, etc also participated in the conference.
The conference deliberated on issues related to globalization, research, standardization, quality control, safety assessment, and industry perspective. It also provided platform to academia, researchers, regulators, industry and students to develop visions, linkages and initiate projects that will help in promoting Unani system of medicine as one of the preferred systems of medicine across the globe.
The birthday of great Unani researcher Hakim Ajmal Khan i.e. 11th February is celebrated as Unani Day. Hakim Ajmal Khan was eminent Indian Unani physician who was versatile genius, freedom fighter, educationist and founder of scientific research in Unani Medicine. This year it was 150th Birth Anniversary of Hakim Ajmal Khan.
Unani system of medicine
Unani system of medicine is the term for Perso-Arabic traditional medicine as practiced in Mughal India and in Muslim culture in South Asia and modern day Central Asia. It had originated in Greece. Hippocrates is known as the father of this system of medicine. The term Yūnānī (Greek) means Perso-Arabic system of medicine. It was introduced to India in 13th century with the establishment of Delhi Sultanate and it took its own course of development during Mughal Empire after it was influenced by Indian medical teachings of Sushruta and Charaka.