Union Cabinet approved MoU between India and Maldives for co-operation in health sector

Jan 13, 2016 15:06 IST

The Union Cabinet, presided by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on 13 January 2016 gave its ex-post facto approval for the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and Maldives on co-operation in the field of health.

The MoU was signed in January 2014 and it will especially assist Maldives to develop of human resources and facilities for healthcare. The enhanced cooperation in the health field will increase relations between the two countries to greater extent.

The main areas of co-operation under the MoU include-

• Management of healthcare sector and public health services.

• Assistance in development of human resources and setting up of health care facilities.

• Procurement of generic and essential drugs and assistance in sourcing of drug supplies.

• Traditional and complementary Medicine.

• Exchange & training of medical doctors, officials, other health professionals and experts.

• Medical and health research development.

• Health promotion and disease prevention.

• Telemedicine

Background

India and Maldives signed three Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) when President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom made his first visit to India on 2 January 2014. Apart from the co-operation in the Health field, they have also signed to extend Manpower requirements of the Indira Gandhi Memorial Hospital and for allotment of plot to the High Commission of Maldives in India. 

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