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NEW DELHI, NOV 26 -- The national summit of Bharatha Parambarya Vaidya Sangam (BPVS) was organised in Faridabad and Delhi from November 23-25 by Darsanalaya Society. The society is involved in the promotion of herbs and traditional medicines.

The opening ceremony was held at Darsanalaya Ashram, Chandpur Village, Faridabad. It was presided over by Secretary of the Sangam Swami Krishnan.

Thirty-four representatives of various arogyalayas, scholars and renowned vaidyas attended the summit from all over the country. There were discussions on the traditional vaidya system. Dr Aji Sebastian, General Secretary of the National Coordination Committee, BPVS, presented a paper on the 'Existential crisis and the importance of traditional systems of medicine in the prevailing health scenario'.

The Summit saw the formulation of six resolutions. The Sangam resolved to submit a memorandum to the government for a new policy to be adopted to accept, encourage and develop the potential of the traditional system of medicine.

The Sangam also proposed that the government ensure the quality, effectiveness and safety of the products and practices of traditional medicine. They requested the government to create an experts' forum that would analyze the quality of traditional vaidyas' service. It was also requested that the government prepare a database of traditional vaidyas in the country, so that the knowledge of these indigenous health practitioners was preserved for future generations. Finally, the Summit requested the government to organise support training programmes for traditional healers and barefoot doctors.

The programme concluded with a press conference at Kerala House in the evening. Members of Parliament P.T Thomas, K.P Dhanapalan and Anto Antony were present on the occasion. They assured that they would take up these issues in Parliament.
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