Cooperation in healthcare between India and Sweden will help both the countries fill the gaps in research and innovative technology, said J.P. Nadda, Indian Health Minister.
There has been an upswing in the bilateral relationships between both the countries and I look forward to further deepening of relations between the two,” Nadda said at a function to celebrate five years of the memorandum of understanding in health between India and Sweden.
The government is committed to providing quality healthcare to all, and to ensuring that all have equal access to necessary medicines, with particular focus on the under-served population and marginalized communities, he added.
Nadda said that there have been appreciable achievements under the bilateral collaboration between the two countries in public heath, research and development, adolescent, mental health and tertiary healthcare.
With the thrust on the ‘Make in India’ brand, he said that there are increasing opportunities for the Swedish companies to invest in research and innovative healthcare in India.
Meanwhile, Swedish Healthcare, Public Health and Sports Minister Gabriel Wikstrom also added, “Sweden is eager to work further with India to set up an efficient healthcare system. There is great potential in Indian healthcare institutions to make India a medical hub of the world,”.
He was speaking at a press conference at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS).
Wikstrom, along with a 55-member delegation, is on a three-day visit to India to attend the celebrations of five years of cooperation in the field of healthcare and public health. The MoU was signed in 2009.
Sweden is one of the world’s most medically developed nations and is ranked 12th globally by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in medical advancement.
“I am impressed with the work done by the health ministry of India in terms of the recent developments in the field of medical services,” said Wikstrom.
“Senior citizen healthcare and maternity and child healthcare are some of the major areas that need to be looked at right now,” said MC Misra, director, AIIMS.
He announced that AIIMS will set up a new building for maternity and child healthcare.
“Areas such as cancer research and trauma care research will benefit from a collaboration between India and Sweden. Such collaborations are the easiest way to gain expertise and technologies,” Misra added.