PM Modi presents measures for Health Cooperation at SAARC Meeting
On Thursday PM Narendra Modi have presented five proposals to counter future health emergencies and pandemic in South Asian as well as in the Indian Ocean, his proposals include future medical emergencies, special scheme for medical personnel, an air ambulance service and includes technology-driven steps.
Countries like Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Mauritius and Seychelles participated in the meeting.
In a workshop organised by India for representatives from the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC), PM Modi did propose the measures through a video message to a virtual workshop on “Covid-19 Management: Experience, good practices and way forward”
Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka are among the members’ countries of the SAARC who participated in the workshop.
Modi’s five proposal were highly appreciated and accepted by all the countries including Pakistan and further structured discussion on regional cooperation will be taken to further the proposal.
Moving forward with the virtual meeting Prime Minister Modi said that the countries should come together as the time has come for the countries to “think of raising our ambition further”.
Modi suggests the SAARC member countries to reconsider creating a special visa program for doctors and nurses as a advantage for the medical personnel to travel quickly within the region for health emergencies.
He also added that the civil aviation ministries should coordinate on a regional air ambulance agreement for medical emergencies.
He also suggests on creating a regional platform for conducting research on the effectiveness of India’s Covid-19 vaccines used by the countries .
Adding to the details he suggests creating a regional network promoting tecnology-driven epidemiology for prevention of future pandemics.
For a overall health benefit Modi have suggested all the countries should come together and share there health policies and schemes.
The workshop was presided by India’s health secretary Rajesh Bhushan. The other countries were represented by health officials and head of technical teams in-charge of Covid-19 management.
On a brighter side India has supplied more than 23 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines to more than 20 countries around the world.