The Ayush Ministry on Thursday organised the “Yog Utsav” at Red Fort on the occasion of World Health Day. In this event, Lok Sabha speaker Om Birla and Union ministers Sarbananda Sonowal, Meenakshi Lekhi, G Kishan Reddy and others were seen performing yoga. The Yog Utsav is being organised ahead of the International Yoga Day in view of the Centre’s Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav.

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Speaking to the media, Speaker Om Birla said, “On the occasion of World Health Day, I extend my greetings & wish for the health of the world. Yoga is our ancestral way of life; we’ve kept this Yoga exercise today before International Yoga Day in relation to Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav.”

In order to reach the goal of building a healthier nation, the Lok Sabha speaker urged everyone to make Yoga an integral part of their lives.

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“Yoga is beneficial for everyone, it’s important to practice it every day. Not just India, but other countries  have understood its significance and are celebrating it today,” Union minister G Kishan Reddy, who attended the event, said. 

Union Minister Sarbanda Sonowal in one of his recent tweets called everyone to be a part of the AYUSH movement and said, “The gifts of AYUSH have served humanity since ancient times.”

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“Affordable, efficient, and reaching the grassroots, India’s traditional systems of medicine are providing wellness and health benefits to millions, all over the world,” he mentioned in the tweet.

On Thursday morning, Prime Minister Narendra Modi hailed the health sector’s efforts in his tweet marking the World Health Day.

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“The Government of India is working tirelessly to augment India’s health infrastructure. The focus is on ensuring good quality and affordable healthcare to our citizens,” the prime minister tweeted.

World Health Day was brought into effect in 1950 by the World Health Organisation. This day is celebrated every year on April 7 to highlight the significance of universal health coverage.