A high gathering was beheld on the first day of Arogya Mela at Government Rajindra College on 17th November in Bathinda.
Total of 65 booths of Ayurveda, homeopathy and naturopathy medicines were set up at the location. A large number of visitors or patient used to buy medicines from these booths. Other than the selling of medication, Patients were also made conscious of different medicines.
Numerous visitors also availed free therapy and obtain medicine at seven OPDs — five of Ayurveda and two of homeopathy — set up at the Arogya mela. The three-day Arogya fair was organised by the Ministry of AYUSH in association with the state government. More than 1,000 patients were examined on the first day of fair.
The Health Minister, BrahmMohindra, was supposed to join the fair as the chief guest, but because of some reasons, he could not join it.
Satish Chandra, Additional Chief Secretary, Health and Family Welfare, Punjab, supervised over the fair as the chief guest. “Arogya Mela was being organised to brand the Ayurveda treatment method popular”, said by Chandra.
“Ayurveda is not just a treatment method, but it is a way of life. Patients were examined and free medicines wereprovidedto them at the fair,” Chandra added.
When asked about anunavailability of doctors and medical staff in government-run hospitals, Chandra said, “Shortly, doctors will be employed keeping requests in view in the state.”
Doctors, countingexperts of women and children-related diseases, also observed the patients at the fair. Drug addict was also treated with the Ayurveda medicines on the occasion.
A cultural programme was also there on the first day. A short act on female foeticide, which emphasised the stigma attached to the girl child, was much-admired by everyone. Yoga postured was performed by the group of students from Morarji Desai College, New Delhi.
“These ancient healing techniques of Ayurveda and homeopathy have no side effects unlike allopathic medicines”, said by Sanjeev Pathak, a nodal officer at Arogya Mela.