Speaking to the practitioners in the AYUSH field, the Prime Minister said it is crucial that they use this network while working in compliance with the guidelines of the WHO to spread the message of good practices that need to be followed in the efforts to combat the spread of the virus. The Union Minister for AYUSH, Cabinet Secretary and the AYUSH Ministry also took part in the video-conference interaction. He said the nation must be prepared to use the entire healthcare workforce to overcome the challenge, and if the need arises, the government might be seeking support from private doctors linked to this branch of medicine.

The Prime Minister stressed the importance of battling and tracking unsubstantiated reports of AYUSH having a disease cure, adding that for evidence-, AYUSH scientists, ICMR, CSIR and other research organizations need to come together. Modi also proposed that traditional medicine producers could use their resources to manufacture critical products such as high-demand sanitizers, and urged them to use the telemedicine platform to reach out to the public and raise constant awareness to counter the pandemic. He also stressed the importance of implementing absolute rigorous social distancing to combat the spread of the pandemic.

The AYUSH practitioners also praised the Prime Minister for guiding the country’s battle against COVID-19 and addressed the effect of these traditional practices on immunity raise.