GUWAHATI, April 20 - A lively discussion about generic medicine and utility of traditional medicines, fruits and vegetables was held today at the Pensioners Bhawan, Guwahati under the auspices of Guwahati Senior Citizens� Association.
The function was presided over by senior journalist DN Chakravartty. Baneshwar Khound, general secretary of the Association, welcomed the guests and read out the proceedings of the last meeting.
Hem Chandra Sarma, secretary, public relations, presented the latest issue of Association�s mouthpiece Prashanti and requested the members to support him with their writings.
Dr Padmapani, eminent scientist and retired director of State Forensic Laboratory, while giving a talk on generic medicine, said generic medicines are those non-trade-marked, non-specific and non-exclusive medicines commonly used by general people throughout the world. He also mentioned the utility of some of the traditional medicines which have stood the test of time. He stressed the need for consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables and for avoiding junk food and artificially made drinks and food.
The function was made colourful with the participation of over 60 senior citizens who sang Bihu songs and took part in dance presentations.
Gopal Krishna Hazarika, Dharma Ranjan Bhagawati, Dr Kamal Krishna Sarma, Hem Sarma and Moloya Barman sang Bihu songs while Mridula Hazarika and others presented Bihu dances. Dr Malati Barua, Ramani Kanta Deka, Dr Pratap Chandra Sarma and Dr Deb Das Bharali took part in the discussion.