Traditional healers are key to address tribal health issues

IGNTU Signs MoU with NIRTH, Jabalpur and IGRMS, Bhopal for better outreach in tribal development

Central Chronicle News
Amarkantak , May 15:
Indira Gandhi National Tribal University hosted a one day national workshop on ‘Tribal Health-Identifying the Gaps’ in collaboration with National Institute of Research in Tribal Health (NIRTH), Jabalpur here on Wednesday.
Experts said that traditional healers in tribal dominated areas are key to address tribal health issues. Efforts to keep them in loop while formulating any policy will ensure better health conditions for them. IGNTU also signs MoU with NIRTH for health related research and with Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya, Bhopal to offer PG Diploma in Museology during the Workshop.
While inaugurating the workshop Dr. Aparup Das, Director, ICMR-NIRTH elaborated initiatives taken by the Institute to improve the health condition of tribal community in India. Dr. Das said that tribal community generally never complain about their health related problems, rather they will approach traditional healer in their area to cure the disease.
‘We need to bring all traditional healers and their expert knowledge in loop to prepare a comprehensive health policy for tribal community. We need to identify the gaps in tribal health programmes and should try to bridge these gaps with the help of traditional healers’ he added. Dr. Das extended cooperation with IGNTU and IGRMS for more research on tribal health. Prof. Sarit K. Chaudhuri, Director, IGRMS, Bhopal that Indian tribes are diverse in nature. ‘Any tribal development policy can be successful only when it addresses their specific cultural needs. Regional variation in tribes must be kept in mind while formulating any plan’, he said. Prof. T.V. Kattimani, Vice-Chancellor, IGNTU said that the University is trying to every challenges faced by the tribal community including health, sanitation, primary and higher education. ‘A working group with these two premier institutes can be formed to formulate more programmes’ he suggested.
IGNTU has signed MoU with NIRTH to address tribal health issues. Another MoU was signed with IGRMS to offer PG Diploma in Museology. ‘New diploma course will be distinctive as it will comprise more comprehensive syllabus and will connect domain experts for teaching’, Prof. Sarit said.
One day workshop witnessed expert lectures on Tribal Health: Historical, Conceptual and Philosophical Issues, Tribal specific diseases and their Management: The intervening role of Universities and Research Institutes, Importance of Traditional medicinal Knowledg, Strengthening Community Health Care through Community level activities, Vital Demographic statistics about Tribes, Tribal Women & their Health Status and Health and Nutrition Management. The Workshop was attended by faculty members, health community and research scholars of various institutions.

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