Country's first institute for traditional healers in Arunachal

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Imphal, Oct 13 (UNI) An insititute for traditional healers was set up recently at Arunachal Pradesh, the first-of-its-kind in the country.

All Manipur Traditional Healing Association(Apunba Manipur Maiba Maibi Phurup) president N Tombi Raj said other states would benefit from the institution, particularly Manipur, since traditional healing(Maiba Maibi) was practised in the latter.

The first workshop and training on traditional healing on traditional healing practices was organised by the North Eastern Institute of Folk medicine at Pasighat in Arunachal Pradesh, which was participated by the delegates all over the country, Mr Raj added.

The people in Manipur had a strong belief in the traditional health practices and even the final death certificate was issued by the traditional healers who were given a special status during funerals, he informed.

'' People use the practice with full confidence. It is reliable and safe. The traditional healers of the state decided to form an organisation in the 70s and in 1984 the association was registered with Prof N Tombi Singh, former MP as the founder president,'' Mr Raj added.

Despite the dedication and the service rendered to the people the practitioners did not get much support from the government, he rued.

According to Mr Raj, the states of the region were now trying to form associations and with the establishment of such institute, the movement could have a proper scientific study, apart from benefitting the people.

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