Azad in China for BRICS health ministers meet
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Last Updated: Sunday, July 10, 2011, 15:36
Beijing: Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad arrived here on Sunday on a four-day visit to attend a meeting of BRICS Health Ministers to discuss among others steps for a coordinated approach in the World Health Organisation.

After his arrival here, Azad drove to Tianjin city to attend a meeting on population control being organised by China.

He will take part in the BRICS (Brazil, India, China, Russia and South Africa) meeting tomorrow which was being hosted by China to deepen cooperation among the member countries.

The meeting is expected to discuss steps for promoting innovation and access to affordable medical products, vaccines and other health technologies to achieve the Millennium Development Goals and addressing public health challenges, officials said.

Brazilian Health Minister Alexandre Padilha has said that the meeting could help set up a number of institutions to produce drugs to treat diseases of global concern such as malaria and HIV/AIDS.

"We may build a series of institutions that can contribute to the incorporation of technology assessment in health. It is essential that these countries have a network at universities to help their governments to determine which products should be incorporated into national health systems of these countries," Padilha was quoted as saying by the Chinese official media.

Padilha said: "We want to have a coordinated approach to discuss the WHO reform, establishing the role of these countries in the WHO leadership and strengthening its regional centres."

This was Azad's second visit to China in a fortnight. He went to Chinese city of Dalian on June 24 to take part in the meeting of Partners in Population Development.


First Published: Sunday, July 10, 2011, 15:36

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