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    Brunei-India’s health cooperation highlighted at virtual meet

    The 1st Meeting of the Joint Working Group (JWG) on Health between India and Brunei, set up under the bilateral memorandum of understanding (MoU) on Health Cooperation, was held virtually on Wednesday.

    Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Health (MoH) Haji Maswadi bin Haji Mohsin and Joint Secretary at the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India Lav Agarwal led their delegations at the meeting.

    The meeting discussed a bilateral cooperation in the health sector, including the possibility of expanding their cooperation to new areas. The two sides, inter alia, apprised each other of their views on issues of mutual interest identified under the MoU, and deliberated on the exchange of medical professionals and related issues; health informatics, digital health and pandemic management; regulations on pharmaceuticals, medical devices and diagnostics; public health strategies on disease control; and collaboration in medical tourism.

    Haji Maswadi briefly touched on the long-standing bilateral relations, and highlighted key aspects of the bilateral MoU on health cooperation. He hoped that the meeting will bring a fruitful outcome, which he viewed as ‘momentous’.

    Bruneian side also invited India to invest in its healthcare sector and briefed on the status of the Covid-19 situation in the country.

    Lav Agarwal said this “partnership will go a long way and will definitely set an example for other countries”.

    India invited Brunei to join the Global Digital Health Partnership (GDHP), which comprises 32 countries.

    India is the current Chair of the GDHP. Both sides also agreed to hold the 2nd JWG meeting in 2022 and agreed to the renewal of the bilateral MoU on health cooperation, which expires on February 1, 2022, for a further period of three years. It was also mutually decided to nominate focal points for moving forward on some of the issues where more detailed information is required or involvement of other organisations would be needed.

    The Brunei side said that it would share details on various issues through the Indian High Commission in Brunei Darussalam.

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