Message from President U Win Myint sent to the opening of the 20th Myanmar Traditional Medicine Practitioners’ Conference (12 December, 2019)

I would like to extend my warmest greetings to Myanmar’s traditional medicine practitioners across the country, and the delegates to the 20th Myanmar Traditional Medicine Practitioners’ Conference, and wish all of you the best for their physical and mental well-being.
For this chapter of the Myanmar Traditional Medicine Practitioners’ Conference, practitioners of traditional medicine from across the country have gathered together to amicably exchange views, with the goal of promoting the all-round standards of the Myanmar traditional medicine professional world, which has been in existence for over two thousand years, and is a national cultural heritage. Those in the profession seek to develop the quality of Myanmar’s traditional medicine profession, boosting the quality and ethical integrity of Myanmar’s traditional practitioners, and encourage cooperation between practitioners and organizations related to traditional medicines at home and abroad. They also seek to develop the traditional medicine profession and encourage cooperation from the private sector, along with the herbal gardens of the Traditional Medicine Department, as part of the efforts to ensure the sufficiency of herbal raw materials at home, and I am confident that this conference will bring about positive results.
While offering serious encouragement to the development of the Myanmar traditional medicine profession, the State has been enacted the Myanmar Traditional Medicine Council Law on 25, January 2019, and I hope that the traditional medicine council, which the law will create, would make special efforts for the development of Myanmar traditional medicine.
I heard that the book, entitled ‘‘Milestones of Traditional Medicine in Myanmar”, was published in August, 2019, with the cooperation of the Traditional Medicine Department of the Ministry of Health and Sports, the Traditional Medicine Council, the Traditional Medicine Advisory Board, Myanmar Traditional Medicine Manufacturers and the Medical Equipment Entrepreneurs Association.
The Union Government, for its part, has been working to promote the standard of the Myanmar traditional medicine profession and to raise the health care coverage of the people, by having access to traditional medicine practices. The government has included this as a policy in the national health programme, and it is highly satisfactory for the Union Government to know that the initial health care activities are being carried out in accordance with the fine traditions of the Myanmar traditional medicine profession in rural and urban areas, especially as priorities are given to the prevention of diseases due to the efforts of the traditional medicine profession.
It is heard that a qualified new generation of traditional medicine practitioners are being sent for local and foreign training and workshops, realizing that the development of human resources is an important sector for improving Myanmar traditional medicine, to ensure it meets world standards.
To promote traditional medicine and penetrate the world, it is necessary to make collective efforts for publicizing the potency of herbal plants growing naturally, and to set their standards with the use of modern technology, and with the use of the perfect knowledge of the Myanmar traditional medicine profession based upon the Four Great Nayas, namely Desana naya, Bethistsa naya, Netkhata veda naya and Vissadara naya.
As the government of the State has been making strenuous efforts for building a peaceful and prosperous Federal Democratic Union, it is delighted for the government to know that the Myanmar traditional medicine practitioners are cooperating with western medicine practitioners in providing health care services to the people.
On this special occasion of the 20th Myanmar Traditional Medicine Practitioners Conference, I send this message and wish responsible officials of the Traditional Medicine Department of the Ministry of Health, the Traditional Medicine Council, the Myanmar Traditional Medicine Practitioners’ Association, the Traditional Medicine Advisory Board, the Myanmar Traditional Medicine Manufacturers and Medical Equipment Entrepreneurs Association, along with traditional practitioners across the country, to contribute their efforts to promote healthcare services to the people through traditional medicine by exchanging views at this conference.

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