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Call to boost Unani medicine 

Despite the dominance of Western medicine over other medicines, the people engaged in education, practice and business of Unani medicine need not worry.

On September 15, marking the birth anniversary of late Hakeem Abdul Hameed, founder of Jamia Hamdard, this unanimous message came out from the debate organised by the Indian Medicine Development Trust.

New Shama Unani Laboratories Pvt. Ltd, Delhi was the venue of the debate whose topic was "Can Unani system of medicine prove to be an alternative to the Western system of medicine?"

Dr. S Farooque, director International Hospital, who presided over the programme said, "Unani medicine is not only effective in almost all the diseases but also the cheapest of all.The best thing regarding it is that there is no side effect of this medicine", he added.

"Despite all these qualities, this medicine has few takers", Dr. Farooque lamented. "This system has a vast scope and will always remain relevant. The need of the hour is that people should be made aware of its effectiveness and advantages". 

Siraj Hussain, vice-chancellor of Jamia Hamdard, said as the chief guest that the most interesting thing about the late Hakeem Sahib he knew was that he believed staunchly in team work. 

"To pay our tribute to one of the greatest physicians, no other day will be better than today for us to take a vow to develop the team sprit within us and to do something good for our community and the nation".

Hussain pointed out that the annual turnover of pharmaceuticals in India was nearly Rs 4,000 crore in which Unani’s share was merely 10 percent. To raise its share it needed good research, advertising and marketing. Its quality should be improved so that it could compete globally with other systems of medicine. He added that people should be encouraged to practise it, and without any further delay programmes for people’s awareness regarding Unani medicine should be started.

Prof. Anees Ahmad Ansari, who was the guest of honour, spoke in detail about late Hakeem Abdul Hameed and importance of Unani medicine.

He said that the people associated with Unani medicine directly or indirectly should come forward and do their best to fulfill Hakeem Sahib’s dream of spreading its demand worldwide.

"A lot has been done, but a lot more needs to be done. We should create a global market for it", asserted Prof. Ansari.

Pointing towards students and teachers, he said that quality should never be compromised and there was no excuse for inefficiency. "You need good infrastructure, laboratories, offices, buildings and raw material. Government is helping us meet these requirements," he declared. 

Other distinguished persons like Zafar Ali Naqvi, chairman Minority Commission, Delhi, and Hakeem Jamil, principal, Jamia Hamdard Tibbiya College, also spoke on the occasion.

¯ Jeelani Khan

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