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India, Italy join hands for enhanced cooperation in health sector

JP Nadda

India and Italy signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in health sector for enhanced cooperation, including exchange & training of medical doctors, officials, other health professionals and experts.

The MoU was signed by JP Nadda, Union Minister of Health & Family Welfare and Beatrice Lorenzin, Health Minister of Italy in the presence of senior officers from the Health Ministry and a high level delegation from Italy.

Nadda said, “The MoU recognises the potential for exchanges in the health sector between the two countries. It will help tap the capabilities and opportunities in a focused and comprehensive manner.”

The objective of the MoU is to establish comprehensive inter-ministerial and inter-institutional cooperation between the two countries in the field of health.

The main areas of cooperation include assistance in development of human resources and setting up of health care facilities;  short term training of human resources in health; regulation of pharmaceuticals, medical devices and cosmetics, etc. The MoU also focuses on promotion of business development opportunities in pharmaceuticals; procurement of generic and essential drugs and assistance in sourcing of drug supplies; collaboration in the prevention of NCDs of mutual interest, such as neurocardiovascular diseases, cancer, mental health and dementia; etc.

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