Beijing: International health organisations today lauded India for providing effective andaffordable medicines to combat Meningitis and HIV/AIDS in Africa and South America. Appreciating India`s role, the Director General of World Health Organisation, (WHO), Dr Margaret Chan made a particular mention of the supply of medicines at an affordable cost by Indian pharmaceutical companies to help dealing with the outbreak of Meningitis in Africa at the first BRICS Health Ministers conference here. Union Health Minister, Ghulam Nabi Azad along with Ministers from member countries attended the conference. While all the multi national companies declined to supply the vaccine at cheaper rates Serum Institute of India did so for as cheap as 50 cents for a unit, which saved millions of lives in Africa, Chan said.
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