OMAR ABDULLAH FOR LONG TERM HEALTH CARE TIES WITH SOUTH AFRICA
Date : 01 May 2001
Location : New Delhi
Shri Omar Abdullah, Minister of State for Commerce & Industry, has invited South Africa to develop long-term health care relationship with India. Shri Abdullah was meeting with a delegation led by Health Minister of South Africa, Mrs. M.E. Tshabalala-Msimang. He said that South Africa can avail Indian health care facilities of the desired quality at a much cheaper rate than those of USA and EU, thus creating a win-win situation for both the countries. Shri Prabir Sengupta, Commerce Secretary, was also present on this occasion.
The Minister emphasised that quality of Indian drugs was as good as if not better than what South Africa was sourcing from other countries These include the Anti-Aids drugs, which Indian companies are able to provide at about1/10th of the price that several western MNCs charge. The South African Minister, on her part, said that her country was interested in mutual partnership with India with respect to the health-care management in her country. This would involve transfer of technology, training of manpower and joint ventures with the South African health care industry. Starting with the trading activities, India should become partner in the long term in the health-care management in South Africa.
The Indian side assured her that India would like to share its expertise and experience in the health-care sector with South Africa and help it in developing its indigenous capability in this regard.