MAHAMANA DECLARATIONS and ACTION PLAN OF THE INTERNATIONAL SEMINAR ON THE ROLE OF AYUSH AND COVID-19 PANDEMIC 2020
The Covid-19 pandemic has caused immense disruption to our social and working lives. As we battle through these challenging times, we are being confronted with increasing questions and views as to how this pandemic will impact the sustainability profession.
The NINE KEY CONCEPTS OF MAHAMANA DECLARATIONS are outputs from the webinar which minutely examined “The Role of indigenous alternative medicine systems in India, Ayurveda, Yoga & Naturopathy, Unani, SiddhaSowa-Rigpaand Homoeopathy (abbreviated as AYUSH) in fight against Corona Virus globally”. As no known treatment is available to fight against Covid -19 type viruses, under the circumstances, a special attention is needed to focus on how to access indigenous alternative medicine systems AYUSH to lessen morbidity and mortality in 1.39 Billion consumers in India and 7.8 Billion consumers around the world.
The first international Virtual Seminar was held from 27th April to 2nd May 2020 during the global lockdown called by more than 100 countries from March 2020 onwards. This Six-Day virtual Webinar was organised by Faculty of Ayurveda, IMS BHU, Varanasi, India. The history of medical education in Varanasi, the oldest living city in the world and the cultural capital of India, is at least 2500 years old. It was here that the great Indian Surgeon Sushruta lived and practiced medicine and surgery around the 5th century B.C. and also compiled his treatise, the Sushruta Samhita. In view of this perspective it was but natural that medical education would become one of the priorities of the then developing BHU way back in 1920s.