Officials from the governments of Maldives and India recently convened for the second joint working group meeting, aiming to bolster digital health initiatives in the Maldives. The meeting took place under the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between the two countries in the field of Health.
Representing the Maldives at the working group meeting was Aishath Samiya, the Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Health. Lav Agarwal, the Additional Secretary at the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, attended the meeting as the representative of India. Notable attendees included officials from the health ministries of both governments, the Embassy of India, Aasandha Company Limited, and the National Social Protection Agency (NSPA).
The discussions revolved around the provision of technical assistance to promote public health and develop human resources in the Maldives. Moreover, the participants explored areas such as medical value travel, strengthening digital health services, and collaborating on drug testing and pharmaceutical regulation with India’s Quality Council.
Expressing gratitude, Permanent Secretary Samiya extended appreciation to the government of India for its support in advancing the health sector in the Maldives. As the meeting concluded, both governments agreed to initiate further projects aimed at enhancing healthcare in the Maldives.