Guwahati: Union Ayush minister Sarbananda Sonowal inaugurated a new, state of the art complex of regional research institute of Unani medicine, first of its kind in northeast India on the traditional medicinal practice among the Ayush systems, at Silchar in Barak valley on Sunday.

Spread over an area of 3.5 acres, the new complex is built with an investment of ₹48 crores. It was developed by the national project construction corporation, a Union government enterprise. It was handed over to the central council for research in Unani medicine, an autonomous organisation under the Ayush ministry.

Inaugurating the Unani research institute, Sonowal commented that Ayush system of medicine has reinvigorated its acceptability among people once again after the proven results benefitted lakhs of people during the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Under the dynamic leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, there is a sincere effort to build a robust medical infrastructure. The effectiveness of Ayush system of medicine in enhancing the quality of life of people is a proven fact and we are working on a medical system, where the best of contemporary medicine can be supplemented with the traditional medicinal practices of Ayush,” added Sonowal.

The newly built Unani complex will provide a wide range of patient care services along with conducting scientific research on different aspects, fundamental and applied, of Unani medicine, and on diseases which are more prevalent in Northeast, especially in Assam. The centre is also equipped to screen patients with the non communicable diseases like cardiac, pulmonary, stroke, cancer and diabetes.

“With a special focus on children, the centre will also provide health checkups for school children and provide effective treatment to those found to be in distress. The centre aims to assess temperament of patients with different ailments. It is equipped with specialised OPD clinics in general, research, Ilaj-bit-Tadbeer, mother & child health, etc,” stated Sonowal.