With an aim to preserve the existing medicinal plants and traditional healing practices passed down over generations, the Ri-Bhoi Traditional Healer Association (RBTHA) held a general meeting at Pahamsyiem on Saturday.
There are seven sub-circles under the RBTHA umbrella that attended the meeting, which discussed the preservation of traditional healing practices and the plants sourced from the forests.
Nongpoh MLA Mayralborn Syiem attended the meeting and extended his support to the association in its work.
The association’s annual report was presented at the meeting, which was led by RBTHA president Iasper D Manih and secretary Elington Syiem.
New members were then enrolled into the association.
Manih informed that the association will soon begin construction of the Meghalaya Traditional Healing Clinic at Pahamsyiem.
The clinic has been sponsored by Bio-Resources Development Centre at an estimated cost of Rs 8 lakh.
The association has already started a nursery for medicinal plants and is working to protect those that are found in the forest in order to keep them accessible for future generations.