The scion of the former Mysuru royal family Yaduveer Krishnadatta Chamaraja Wadiyar spoke at a three-day national convention of Arogya Bharati, which began in the city on Saturday. He stresses on importance of preventive healthcare at Arogya Bharati in presence of nearly 800 professionals from across the country. He emphasized on the importance of preventive healthcare with a proper mix of India’s conventional medicinal systems with that of Western systems.

There were many VIPs present such as Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare Harsh Vardhan, Suttur Sri Shivaratri Deshikendra Swamiji, and G. Hemantha Kumar, Vice-Chancellor, University of Mysore.  

Mr. Yaduveer said that the need for comprehensive healthcare in present times was essential, and it was appropriate for the convention to be held in Mysuru as the former Prince’s State raised the bar on public health. During the regime of Nalwadi Krishnaraja Wadiyar in 1902-1940 more than 500 beds were added to the existing hospitals to take healthcare to the masses while new hospitals such as Minto Eye Hospital and Victoria Hospital in Bengaluru were also constructed. In many areas of healthcare, Mysuru was ranked 3rd in the world preventive healthcare at Arogya Bharati

While the western medicinal system was given a boost during Nalwadi Krishnaraja Wadiyar’s regime, it was not at the expense of the Indian systems. Rather, in creating the Government Ayurvedic Medical College and promoting yoga, there was a convergence of the two as evident.