A specialist team of doctors from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), on Monday, conducted a Continual Medical Education workshop on Image-Guided Therapies for 51 Maldivian doctors.
Led by AIIMS' Director Dr Randeep Guleria, the one-day workshop was held as agreed under the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between the governments of India and Maldives, during Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's state visit to Maldives in June 2019, to bolster cooperation in the field of health.
Prior to the workshop, as per the terms of the MoU, the two nations convened for the first 1st Joint Working Group (JWG) and agreed to prioritize capacity-building of professionals and administrative staff in the health sector.
In addition, AIIMS identified several thematic areas for further collaboration including:
Both nations will collaborate on infrastructure development, disease surveillance, development of research capacity and risk assessment in the field of Anti-Microbial Drug Resistance (AMR), disaster management and geo-climatic risk conditions prevalent to both countries. India will support Maldives in data compilation, data analysis and field epidemiology.
Moreover, India will assist in replicating IT platforms for health centres and develop standard treatment workflows and clinical decision support systems.
India will supply pharmaceutical drugs at affordable rates to the Maldives and provide technical support in Pharmaceutical test development.
India holds 30 percent of the global market share in pharmaceutical sales.
Prime Minister Modi announced on December 2019, that an oncology hospital would be established in reclaimed suburb Hulhumale'.
Regional Cancer Centre (RCC) of India would provide technical assistance in cancer treatment and prevention facilities in the country.
RCC will also support the Cancer Centre of state-run Indira Gandhi Memorial Hospital and other medical institutions across Maldives.
"Mental health is a growing concern in the region" said the circular released by the Indian Embassy in Maldives.
India is preparing to collaborate and conduct a situational analysis and assess mental health care delivery systems, in addition to capacity building training for mental health professionals.
India will further develop telemedicine, teleradiology and initiating a 'Digital Health Framework in the Maldives'.