India, Pak to increase interaction in health sector

India and Pak have favoured increasing interaction between the two countries in the health sector with Islamabad evincing keen interest in schemes for welfare of new mothers and "novel experiments" like condom-vending machines.

Last Updated: Apr 19, 2010, 15:17 PM IST

New Delhi: India and Pakistan on Monday favoured increasing interaction between the two countries in the health sector with Islamabad evincing keen interest in schemes for
welfare of new mothers and "novel experiments" like the condom-vending machines.

Pakistan`s Population Welfare Minister Firdous Ashiq
Awan, who met Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad here, said
there was a lot to learn from India`s experiences in
population control.

She sought increased cooperation between the two
countries in the health sector.

On the condom-vending machines she said it was a "novel
experiment which could be replicated in Pakistan", Health
Ministry sources said.

Awan, who was accompanied by Pakistani High Commissioner
to India Shahid Malik, also appreciated the declining maternal
mortality rates in India and said Pakistan had a lot to learn
from special programmes for mothers and children like the
`Janani Suraksha Yojana`.

On his part, Azad said, the two countries should find
ways to increase interaction in the health sector, the sources
said.

PTI