India -Bulgaria Sign MoU on Health & Medicines

India and Bulgaria today signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Health & Medicines to usher in new era of cooperation in health and medicines between the two countries. The Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Shri Ghulam Nabi Azad signed the MoU today in New Delhi with the Minister of Health of the Republic of Bulgaria Dr. Stefan Konstantinov. Shri Azad said that each country can learn from the experiences of the other and share best practices and success stories. The Bulgarian delegation led by President of National Assembly of the Republic of Bulgaria, Mrs. Tsetska Tsacheva, comprising of Members of Parliament from Bulgaria are on an official visit to India till November 30, 2011 at the invitation of the Speaker of the Lok Sabha, Smt Meira Kumar.

Speaking at the signing ceremony Shri Azad elaborated that the MoU between India and Bulgaria would inter alia cover issues of Medical services; Public health and prophylactics; Medical science and training of medical personnel; Medical education and research; Drug regulation and Pharmaceuticals; Medical Tourism and Health legislation. Cooperation between the Contracting Parties may be in the forms of Exchange of medical and scientific information; Exchange of experience on priority issues; Participation of scientists in scientific medical activities organized in each country; Short-term exchange of medical personnel or Joint projects on subjects of mutual interest, Shri Azad added. The Minister also apprised the visiting delegation of the various initiatives taken by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare including the National Rural Health Mission (Mother & Child Tracking System); efforts at Combating NCDs ( Screening of people for early detection of Diabetes, Hypertension and Cancer); Expanding Medical Education to increase availability of skilled human resources in health as also achievements of the Indian pharma industry – the fact that India is the supplier of generic drugs across the world and has producers of high quality and affordable generic drugs.

Dr. Stefan Konstantinov on his part underscored the importance of training of medical personnel and exchange of scientific information with special attention to area of prophylactics. He also said that there is great potential in Bulgaria for developing genetic medicine and e-healthcare with the help of India.

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