Mauritius Prime Minister Anerood Jugnauth, on Wednesday, said it is looking to set up an ayurvedic medicine manufacturing facility in collaboration with an Indian partner.
He was speaking at the inaugural function of a herbarium at Pilerne industrial estate.
Jugnauth, alongwith his delegation, is on an India tour to reciprocate invitation of Goa government and AYUSH ministry. Goa and Mauritius are actively collaborating on various projects in the fields of healthcare, ayurveda, medical tourism and tourism.
Jugnauth said that Mauritians, who trace their ancestry to India, universally use ayurveda to cure themselves of illnesses. He said the government’s free medical care system provides mainly ayurvedic medicines and “we will do our best to establish an ayurvedic hospital.” Mauritius is offering tax incentives to Indian investors.
Shripad Naik, Minister of State for AYUSH (independent charge), Dr Sanjeev Dalvi, director of health services and Shashank Sandu and Umesh Sandu, directors of Sandu Pharmaceuticals were present.
Speaking on the occasion, Naik said that ayurveda, alongwith yoga, naturopathy and homeopathy, is a way forward to good health. The ancient stream of medicine needs research in curing chronic and non-chronic diseases, he noted.
The newly-inaugurated herbarium in the premises of Sandu Pharmaceuticals has over 50 species of plants originating in the Western Ghats and central India. It houses a collection of various medicinal plants exhibited with informative details of their properties and uses.
Sandu Pharmaceuticals is trying to bag the ayurvedic hospital deal in Mauritius, informed Shashank Sandu. He said the hospital project will be used as a gateway for export to the East and South African countries. “Mauritius is blessed with great bio-diversity. More than 60 per cent of the medicinal plants, required in ayurvedic manufacturing, are found in Mauritius giving an excellent opportunity to set up a manufacturing base there,” he said.