The central government has approved the signing of an agreement that will lay the groundwork for healthcare cooperation between India and Japan.

The approval for the Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) was given at a meeting of the union cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The MoC would be signed between India’s Health and Family Welfare Ministry and Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare.

The cooperation envisaged are in the fields of human resource development, such as training programmes for medical practitioners, nurses and public health professionals, financing of universal health coverage and healthcare service delivery, including technical exchange to improve quality of care.

The two countries will also seek to cooperate on healthcare system governance and management, including sharing of know-how on management of hospitals and community healthcare centres and health information systems.

A working group will be set up to further elaborate the details of cooperation and to oversee the implementation of this agreement, the release said.

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