‘Indigenous medicine will be promoted as part of wellness tourism’

Newly appointed Indigenous Medicine State Minister Piyankara Jayaratne assumed duties at his Ministry yesterday, while the Ministry Secretary P.S.M. Charles and other officials look on.

Arrangements will be made to promote indigenous medicine as a part of wellness tourism to uplift the tourism sector in Sri Lanka, newly appointed Indigenous Medicine State Minister Piyankara Jayaratne said.

Addressing the gathering after assuming duties at his Ministry yesterday, State Minister Jayaratne said that ayurvedic medicine will be developed as a part of wellness tourism. Adequate funds will be allocated to upgrade indigenous medicine in 2020. During the previous regime, stepmotherly treatment was given to ayurvedic medicine. State Minister Jayaratne said ayurvedic doctors will be given equal treatment. Indigenous medicine existed in the country for over 2,500 years. President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has given instructions that the younger generation should be educated on Sri Lanka’s traditional indigenous medicine system using ancient books and scripts.

Indigenous Medicine State Minister Piyankara Jayaratne has earlier held the position of Deputy Speaker and also held several Cabinet Ministerial portfolios.



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