By Myint Kay Thi
Yangon, Myanmar, November 13, 2017
Myanmar will be hosting the eighth meeting on indigenous medicine in the Greater Mekong Basin in the coming week, according to a senior health ministry official.
The meeting will be held in Yangon and an exhibit on indigenous medicine and related products in the Greater Mekong Region will be held from November 21 to 24 at the Tatmadaw Exhibition Hall, deputy director general of the Department of Traditional Medicine U Kyaw Soe said.
He said a close to 100 traditional medicine practitioners, researchers and representatives from the six members countries of the Greater Mekong Basin are expected to attend the meeting and partake in the exhibition.
“We can exchange knowledge and indigenous medicine therapy among member countries of the Greater Mekong Basin. Moreover, people can gain knowledge about indigenous medicines not only from Myanmar but also from other countries at the exhibition,” he said.
Over 110 booths from six member countries of the Greater Mekong Basin – Myanmar, China, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam – will display their products and traditional medicines at the exhibition.
Rare books about Myanmar’s traditional medicines, biography of famous Myanmar traditional medicine practitioners, the culture of traditional healing, treatment therapy and quality control procedure to authorise traditional medicines to be sold will be displayed at the exhibit.
Free medical treatment using traditional medicines will also be provided, according to Chan Nyein Maung, director of the Department of Traditional Medicine.
“The theme of the event is to maintain and show traditional medical cultures,” he said.
The Indigenous Medicine in the Greater Mekong Basin meeting is usually held once every two years by member countries.