New Delhi, Sep 24 (UNI) India, Russia and China today agreed in principle that a working mechanism was needed to facilitate cooperation in the field of health and medicine.
The representatives of the Ministries of Health of India, Russia and China met here to discuss trileteral cooperation in the health sector and exchanged views on the working mechanism proposed by China. The three sides decided to hold internal consultations on formalising a cooperation mechanism to take forward collaboration in the identified areas. Each side will be designated a focal point in the near future for coordination in this regard.
The countries agreed to hold trilateral consultations on cooperation in the field of health and medicine on an annual basis alternatively in India, Russia and China, an official release issued here said.
The parties reiterated their commitment in pursuance of the meeting of the Foreign Ministers of the People's Republic of China, the Russian Federation and the Republic of India held in Harbin, China in the year 2007 and resolved to enhance trilateral cooperation in the field of health and medicine by pooling significant capabilities that exist in these three countries.
The three countries exchanged information including collaboration strategies on infectious diseases such as AIDS, TB, Hepetities B, Leprosy and Malaria prevention and control thereof and the area of traditional medicines.
The three sides agreed to share experiences of the management and reforms of their health care systems.
Being large economies in transition, facing complexities of dealing with both non-communicable and communicable diseases, there exist commonalities among the three countries in terms of health-related challenges. Cooperation in the field of health and medicine will not only further strengthen their mutual ties but also help develop and expand national systems for delivering quality health care to citizens, the statement said.
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