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Indian Minister On Short Pacific Tour

India’s Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare, Ashwini Kumar Choubey, is in the Pacific on a short visit. The High Commission of India in Suva welcomed Mr Choubey
31 May 2018 10:00
Indian Minister On Short Pacific Tour
India’s Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare, Ashwini Kumar Choubey (middle), with the High Commissioner of India Vishvas Sapkal and Mrs Sapkal. Photos: High Commission of India

India’s Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare, Ashwini Kumar Choubey, is in the Pacific on a short visit.

The High Commission of India in Suva welcomed Mr Choubey on Monday.

Mr Choubey then paid a courtesy call on Speaker of the Parliament Dr Jiko Luveni and they exchanged gifts and held discussions on Fiji-Indo bilateral relations.

They discussed the proposal of strengthening the parliamentary library in Fiji and ways and means to strengthen parliament, as an institution, in both countries.

Mr Choubey was then given a tour of the Parliament of Fiji.

The Minister of State then met his Fijian counterpart, Rosy Akbar, Minister for Health and Medical Services.

The two ministers shared views on the medical sector of both their countries.

In the meeting, Mr Choubey apprised Ms Akbar about Ayushman Bharat (medical insurance for millions of Indians) and other schemes of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare in India.

They discussed the possibility of helping Fiji in establishing super specialty hospitals in Fiji.

Mr Choubey suggested that a comprehensive strategy to combat NCD diseases was required and such a strategy include the promotion of ayurveda, yunani and homeopathy in addition to allopathy.

The Minister of State highlighted the importance of yoga in this country.

Mr Choubey, who is in the Pacific for a week, flew to Tuvalu on Tuesday to strengthen bilateral relations between India and Tuvalu and other Pacific Islands countries under the High Commission of India’s jurisdiction.

He returns from Tuvalu today and leaves for India tomorrow.

 

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