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Vice President urges traditional medicine practitioners to carry out research constantly

Vice President Dr Sai Mauk Kham visits booths of traditional medicine at 15th Conference of Myanmar Traditional Medicine Practitioners.—mna
Vice President Dr Sai Mauk Kham visits booths of traditional medicine at 15th Conference of Myanmar Traditional Medicine Practitioners.

Vice President Dr Sai Mauk Kham urged traditional medicine practitioners to conduct researches constantly to keep up with ever-changing diagnosis methods, applications and treatments amid changing modern lifestyle at the opening ceremony of the 15th Conference of Myanmar Traditional Medicine Practitioners held at the Myanmar International Convention Centre-2 in Nay Pyi Taw on Monday.
The vice president added that successive governments of Myanmar have taken necessary measures to enhance the role of traditional medicine in the public health sector as the people value it as a traditional heritage, for the safety and high effectiveness of its ingredients and for its relationship with Buddhism.
Then, the vice president said that rural residents, who make up 70 percent of the population, rely more on traditional medicine and traditional medicine manufacturers should set up a fund to contribute to philanthropic work in rural areas as the traditional medicine business is a lucrative one. Being an ASEAN member, Myanmar has been working with other member countries in many sectors including traditional medicine where standardization, research and development with respect to registration, and trade of traditional medicine are needed, he said.
It is the responsibility of traditional medicine practitioners and professionals to preserve and buttress the basic principle of Myanmar’s traditional medicine as there are differences in traditional medicine and people among ASEAN member countries, he added.
The vice president pointed out that Myanmar practitioners have to ensure that the safety, quality, and efficacy of Myanmar traditional medicine meet all the necessary standards to win recognition from other ASEAN countries.
In conclusion, he urged all responsible personnel to collaborate for systematic development of Myanmar traditional medicine.
After the vice president’s speech, a message of President U Thein Sein was read out by Union Minister for Health Dr Than Aung.
In the evening, the vice president hosted a dinner to traditional medicine practitioners at the MICC-2.

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