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Fiji-India Move On Medical Plans

Fijian and Indian Government health officials plan on working together on medical education, drug procurement and other areas of mutual interest. As part of this, a delegation led by acting
30 Jul 2015 10:11
Fiji-India Move On Medical Plans
Acting Health Minister Jioji Konrote (left), with India’s Ministry of Health and Family Welfare Joint Secretary, Dharitri Panda.

Fijian and Indian Government health officials plan on working together on medical education, drug procurement and other areas of mutual interest.

As part of this, a delegation led by acting Health Minister Jioji Konrote, acting Permanent Secretary for Health Dr Meciusela Tuicakau and other senior officials welcomed a delegation from India’s Ministry of Health and Family Welfare at the Grand Pacific Hotel in Suva yesterday.

The latest meeting is a follow- up from the first Joint Working Group Meeting in India five years ago.

India’s Ministry of Health and Family Welfare Joint Secretary Dharitri Panda said Fiji and India had a Memorandum of Understanding on medical education, drugs procurement and other areas that had been highlighted by the Fijian Government.

“This is a secretary-level discussion between both countries to progress and follow- up on the various actions that have been taken and also to detail more new areas of co-operation,” Ms Panda said.

“The areas we are looking forward to are working with pharmaceutical companies for drug distribution, for procurement of medicines, especially generic medicines and for training under the procurement.”

She hopes an MOU can be signed in the areas of attachments, training and exposure visits for Fijian health officials to India.

“The areas which the Government of Fiji has elaborated are basically training and admission in India’s medical colleges and institutions, manufacturing supplies of pharmaceuticals, Indian doctors to work in Fiji under the Indian government’s assistance and to collaborate in public health and assistance for developments in a new 500-bed hospital for tertiary care.”

Mr Konrote said yesterday’s meeting was a milestone in the two countries bilateral relations.

The Joint Working Group Meeting will end tomorrow.

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