Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa says he instructed officials to set the quality standards for indigenous and ayurveda medicine by publishing research results to the world.
Speaking during the opening ceremony of an ayurvedic hospital via online, the Prime Minister commended all doctors who are dedicated to the promotion of indigenous medicine in Sri Lanka.
Prime Minister Rajapaksa said the country has a rich history which had rulers who were knowledgeable in medical practices as well as ruling.
The Premier said introducing indigenous treatment methods protected by ancestors to the youth and to the world is a timely requirement.
Prime Minister Rajapaksa said indigenous medicine is part of the Sri Lankans culture adding patients were successfully treated through indigenous medicine prior to western medicine becoming popular.
The Premier said indigenous medicine practitioners were available in rural areas before doctors came in, adding there are still individuals who have had the knowledge passed down through generations as well as ayurvedic doctors.
Prime Minister Rajapaksa claimed the government established the State Ministry of Indigenous Medicine Promotion, Rural and Ayurvedic Hospitals Development and Community Health as it identified the importance from the outset. The Premier said they expect higher standards on the field moving forward.