India and Cuba signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for enhanced cooperation in the health sector on Wednesday, according to a statement released by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. Terming it historic, J P Nadda stated that the relations between Cuba and India are historical and based on shared values of equality and justice, common aspirations and convergence of interests on global issues. '
Nadda further stated that the MOU on cooperation in the field of health and medicine between India and Cuba is important for exchanges in the health sector and to develop institutional framework for cooperation in the health sector between the two countries. “One potential area is pharmaceutical and biotechnology. Cuba has made remarkable strides in the field of bio-technology and pharmaceuticals.
We need to encourage greater institutional collaborations for joint production of medicines on commercial basis,” Nadda elaborated. He also suggested that a Joint Working Group be formed for implementation of the MoU. The objective of this MoU is to establish comprehensive inter-ministerial and inter-institutional cooperation between the two countries in the field of health by pooling technical, scientific, financial and human resources with the ultimate goal of upgrading the quality and reach of human, material and infrastructural resources involved in health care, medical education & training, and research in both countries.
The main areas of cooperation include, exchange & training of medical doctors, officials, other health professionals and experts The pact includes assistance in development of human resources, health services and setting up of health care facilities, short term training of human resources in health, regulation of pharmaceuticals, medical devices and exchange of information and promotion of business development opportunities in pharmaceuticals and others identified by parties.