The Second Joint Working Group meeting between the Ministry of Health & Medical Services and Ministry of Health & Family Welfare India convened today in Suva at the Grand Pacific Hotel.
A delegation from the Government of India led by the Joint Secretary for Health & Family Welfare Ms Dharitri Panda was welcomed to Fiji by Acting Hon. Minister for Health & Medical Services Mr Jioji Konrote.
Mr Konrote said, “The meeting marks another milestone in our country’s bilateral relations as our officials meet once again to evaluate and deliberate on mutual interests which are covered in the Memorandum of Agreement signed in 2005”.
“Today’s meeting is timely as it will give us an opportunity to reflect on the progress and identify those areas that require further assistance, support and expertise. This meeting will also see the collative efforts and to plot the best way forward for Fiji”.
The meeting was an opportunity to exchange ideas, collaborate and deliberate on issues in health, and explore how India can assist Fiji in terms of further improving and strengthening health service delivery.
Some areas for discussion include pharmaceutical issues, training, clinical services and development.
The Joint Secretary for Health & Family Welfare India, Ms Dharitri Panda said that this meeting will also progress and follow up on the various actions that have been taken since the agreement and to establish new areas of cooperation in the field of health and medicine.
The Acting Hon. Minister for Health & Medical Services Mr Jioji Konrote thanked the Indian delegation for their support and assistance as the outcome will benefit all Fijians in terms of health service delivery.
The First Joint Working Group Meeting was held in 2010.