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Mauritian PM inaugurates AYUR Herbarium in Goa

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AYUR Herbarium is an initiative by Sandu Pharmaceuticals in association with Union Ministry of Ayush and Directorate of Health Services, Govt. of Goa

Sachin JagdaleGoa

Prime Minister of The Republic of Mauritius, Sir Anerood Jugnauth, recently inaugurated AYUR Herbarium at Bardez, Goa. AYUR Herbarium is an initiative by Sandu Pharmaceuticals in association with Union Ministry of Ayush and Directorate of Health Services, Govt. of Goa. Present on the occasion was Union AYUSH Minister, Shripad Naik. The Directors of Sandu Pharmaceuticals, Shashank Sandu and Umesh Sandu hosted the event. The medicinal herbarium is located within the premises of Sandu Pharmaceuticals, which has a collection of various ayurvedic medicinal plants exhibited with informative details of medicinal properties and uses of each herb.

Sir Jugnauth along with his delegation was on a tour of India to reciprocate the cordial invitation of delegates of Goa government, who visited the island country in the recent past, a government spokesperson said. Government of Goa and Government of Mauritius are actively collaborating on various projects related to healthcare, ayurveda, medical tourism and tourism. Both Mauritius and India have similitude in the wealth of medicinal flora and fauna. The inauguration of AYUR herbarium at the hands Sir Jugnauth was part of this bonding.

Shashank Sandu, Director, Sandu Pharmaceuticals, said, “More than 50 plant species have been included in the herbarium. These are unique species and are not easily available. We want to propagate these species. Western Ghats and Central India are major sources of these plants.”

He added, “More than 60 per cent of the medicinal plants required to manufacture ayurvedic medicines are available in Mauritius. We are willing to establish our base in Mauritius. We are also interested in setting up an ayurvedic therapy centre in the country.”

“Inauguration of herbarium was something innovative I was asked to do,” said Sir Jugnauth. He added, “Medical services and medical care is free in Mauritius. I am also trying to set up an ayurvedic hospital in Mauritius soon. Though we do not offer any special benefits to companies, we are an investor-friendly nation and we welcome investors from all over the world.”

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