India on 14 December 2017 signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Morocco to enable enhanced cooperation in the health sector.
The agreement was signed by Union Health and Family Welfare Minister J P Nadda and Morocco’s Health Minister, Abdelkader Amara in the presence of senior officials from the Union Health Ministry and the visiting high-level delegation from the North African nation.
Speaking on the occasion, J P Nadda stated that both the nations share a strong and rich traditional relationship. He highlighted that India is the producer of quality generic medicines and drugs that are exported to more than 200 nations and has a strong public health system monitored through National Health Mission.
The MoU will help both the nations work together in identified areas of cooperation as there is a lot that each can offer to the other in the field of health.
Following are the main areas of cooperation:
• Non-communicable diseases, including child cardiovascular diseases and cancer.
• Drug Regulation and Pharmaceutical quality control.
• Communicable Diseases.
• Maternal, child and neonatal health.
• Hospital twinning for the exchange of good practices.
• Training in administration and management of health services and Hospitals.
Besides this, another MoU was signed between India’s Jawaharlal Institute of Post Graduate Medical Education and Research (JIPMER), Puducherry and Morocco’s Marrakech Mohamed VI University Hospital in the presence of both the Ministers.
Under the agreement, both the Institutes agreed to collaborate in the field of telemedicine with main focus areas being Tele-Health Care, Health Education, technical support in controlling epidemics and support in rendering the second opinion on various complicated cases.