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Science-20 Engagement Group Meeting began in Lakshadweep

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News Desk, News Nation 360: Under India’s G20 Presidency, the two-day Science-20 Engagement Group meeting on Universal Holistic Health began at Bangaram Island in Lakshadweep on 1st May 2023. The Science-20 Meeting aims to develop a holistic approach to health and focus on promoting wellness and preventing diseases, rather than merely treating them. The first day of the Science-20 meeting began with the Prime Minister exhorting everyone to use scientific techniques and methods to delve deeper into traditional medicines and practices like yoga for a more holistic lifestyle and to shift our ideal from healing to wellness. The meeting saw deliberations on topics such as the interrelationship of physical, mental, and emotional well-being. Further, the need for better medical infrastructure as well as easier access to medical care for Greater Global Health was also discussed during the meeting. Ashutosh Sharma, President of the Indian National Science Academy, gave an address during this meeting. He stated

that Universal Holistic Health means recognizing that health is a human right and that everyone deserves access to quality health care that meets their unique needs. According to Shyama Kuruvilla, Senior Strategic Adviser at WHO, the COVID-19 pandemic has exposed vulnerabilities and gaps in the mental health systems. Mental health is an important aspect of overall well-being and a fundamental human right. Everybody needs strong mental health policies for all. Access to mental health services should be available to all, regardless of socio-economic status, caste, ethnicity or gender identity. A strong mental health policy can ensure equality and justice for all. The first day of the Science-20 meeting mainly focused on the need to revisit traditional practices for better mental health and incorporate them into modern day-to-day life. This meeting is a significant step towards achieving India's vision of universal health coverage and promoting the Sustainable Development Goals. Earlier in April Science-20 meeting was organized in Tripura.

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Report : Anustup Kundu

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