Wellness India 2017 Expo: Mapping a positive path

Develop a culture of health, and build your wellness network and connect with consumers and exhibitors at Wellness India 2017 expo. The expo will focus on all aspects of organics, health and biotechnology to enhance well-being of Indian citizens.

New Delhi, August 29, 2017: The three-day Wellness India 2017 expo got off to a great start today with the venue buzzing with energy. Union Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare, Shri Faggan Singh Kulaste, set the ball rolling by officially inaugurating the expo.

Stating that many of the Government of India schemes to provide affordable and quality healthcare in the country have been successful, Shri Kulaste said, "We have increased our health budget to about 1.4% of GDP. We would like to increase it to 2.5% by 2025. In FY 2017-18, we allocated Rs 47,352 crore, which is 27% more than what we allocated in 2016-17."

"We are committed to strengthen the healthcare system, and ensure availability of quality healthcare facilities in far flung areas. The Government has opened six AIIMS, and we plan to open 12 more. Government hospitals will also provide the latest technological services."

While speaking about mainstreaming the AYUSH system, he said, "I am very happy that wellness as a topic is being addressed officially in this coveted expo. In my opinion, health is of prime importance and one should take positive steps towards maintaining good health."

The expo, which is taking place at Pragati Maidan from August 29-31, incorporates Organic India expo, Health India expo and Biotech India expo.

Citing the example of Sikkim that became India's first fully organic state, Dr Jitendra Singh, Minister of State for Development of North Eastern Region, said, "The booming Wellness industry will soon be the fastest growing job creator, and the Government is willing to support all entrepreneurs, who invest in this industry in the North Eastern region."

Padmashree Vaidya Rajesh Kotecha, Special Secretary, Ministry of Ayush, and Ayurveda expert said, "Wellness is not limited to elite people who go to spas. The concept of wellness is a more inclusive construct." He further specified that the National Health Policy 2017 is inclusive of everything, and that makes it unique. "The Ministry of Ayush decided not to publish a separate policy on AYUSH because AYUSH is part of the National Health Policy 2017."

This year's Wellness India 2017 expo is organised by the India Trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO) and Exhibitions India Group (EIG), and supported by the ministries of Agriculture; AYUSH; Science & Technology (Department of Biotechnology); Rural Development; Skill Development and Tourism.

Exhibitions India Group is committed to promoting a healthier society by building partnerships with decision makers, health care providers, and businesses in order to motivate consumers to take actions and make healthier living choices.

Mr Cherian Thomas, National Director and CEO of World Vision India, a child focused organization that works across 191 districts in 25 states and impacting 26 lakh children, stated, "Malnutirtion is a complex issue and requires a multi-sect-oral  response and our agricultural related programmes  are working to address the underlying causes of malnutrition and one of which is food security. We have factored organic farming with an aim to provide sustained and safe food to our children."

The expo is an excellent platform to know what's new and next in organics, natural remedies, alternative medicine, Ayurveda, Yoga & Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy (AYUSH), nutrition, herbal and natural personal care products, biotech and so much more! A series of wellness workshops on physiotherapy, sound wellness therapy, yoga and so on, will be held during the expo. The conference sessions will feature eminent speakers on organic farming, AYUSH, Medical Biotech, etc.

Ms. Asiea Naqash, Minister of State for Housing and Urban Development, Health, Medical Education and Social Welfare, spoke about how people are dependent on high doses of antibiotics to treat diseases, while ignoring traditional medicine. In Jammu and Kashmir, we have been creating awareness at the grassroots level about the advantages of Ayurvedic and Unani medicines, which was earlier a private enterprise, adding, "It's great that the Government is now taking an interest in these ancient forms of healing."

The comprehensive industry gathering focussing on thought leadership, idea sharing, and industry vision received further endorsement from Shri Jagat Prakash Nadda, Minister of Health and Family Welfare. "Prevention and awareness about non-communicable diseases, which are largely linked with present lifestyle habits, will go a long way in ensuring that people become aware of healthy lifestyle choices."

Urging the masses to focus more on business and entrepreneurship, Shri Kalraj Mishra, Minister for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, stated, "The MSME segment is playing key role in domestic manufacturing, and is leading the Make in India campaign," while adding, "The expo's focus on health, alternative medicines, natural lifestyles, yoga, biotech and organic is significant as it concerns all sections of society."

The exposition takes forward the Indian Government's mission to promote traditional medicine that includes incorporating all aspects of alternative, herbal and natural medicines into the national healthcare system. "Prime Minister Narendra Modi's efforts to get June 21 declared as the International Yoga Day by the United Nations in 2014 shows that India can emerge as a global soft power in propagating wellness through Indian culture and exporting our heritage," stressed Shri Prem Behl, Chairman, Exhibitions India Group. "It's gratifying that the Government has commended our efforts to organise this expo," he concluded.

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