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Times of India
07 February 2011
Bangalore, India

At least 10,000 people in 10 neighbouring villages at Yagat in Hoskote will soon enjoy a sustainable health system. Children here will not only be taught yoga at school, but all villagers will have access to an integrated health system, including homeopathy, Unani, siddha, ayurveda, naturopathy, yoga and much more.

The Rural Holistic Health Centre at Vagat promises to be a first of its kind. The foundation stones for this centre and the Soukya International Institute of Holistic and Integrative Medicine were unveiled on Sunday at the Soukya health centre in Whitefield.

Referring to the centre as an answer to health problems, Michael Dixon, chairman, College of Medicine, London, said it will be a model to the entire world. It will provide better hygienic conditions, water supply, women and children’s healthcare, lifestyle changes and will also address malnutrition and vitamin deficiency. De-addiction programmes will be included too. He said cost of Western health services is on the rise. The integrated system aims to bridge the gap between medical services and affordability, he said.

Dr Issac Mathai, trustee, Soukya foundation, said as part of the holistic health centre, yoga would be introduced in 10 village schools. "An organic farm with a herbal garden will be developed at the centre," he said.

The institute aims to promote education, training and research in different systems of medicine in collaboration with College of Medicine. Training is likely to begin after the 2012 conference in Bangalore.

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