Iraq seeks India`s help in upgrading healthcare system

Prime Minister of Iraq, Nouri Al Maliki has said that his country is looking for India`s cooperation in the area of healthcare, in the training of its doctors, paramedical staff, hospitals and also in manufacturing drugs.

Last Updated: Aug 25, 2013, 12:41 PM IST

Mumbai: Visiting Prime Minister of Iraq Nouri Al Maliki has said that his country is looking for India`s cooperation in the area of healthcare, particularly in the training of its doctors, paramedical staff, building of hospitals and also in manufacturing life saving drugs.

Mentioning that a lot of patients from Iraq visit India for treatment, he said rebuilding and strengthening healthcare infrastructure in Iraq will help people get treatment locally.
He was speaking to Maharashtra Governor K Sankaranarayanan at Raj Bhavan here yesterday, an official statement said here on Sunday.

Describing his visit to Delhi as successful, the Iraqi PM said Union Minister of Commerce and Industry Anand Sharma will be shortly heading a large delegation of industrialists from India representing diverse segments to explore various areas of cooperation between the two countries.

Thanking the Iraqi Prime Minister for visiting Maharashtra, Sankaranarayanan said that India and Iraq have shared warm and cordial relations for several decades.

Stating that more than 300 Iraqi students are studying in the University of Pune, the Governor said that apart from healthcare, India and Iraq should explore opportunities of cooperation in various sectors.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan, who was also present at the meeting, told the Iraq Prime Minister that Maharashtra will be very happy to set up medical colleges and hospitals in Iraq, send doctors and train Iraq`s doctors.

He further said that Indian Pharmaceutical companies will be willing to invest in manufacturing medicines in Iraq.

Stating that business leaders in Maharashtra can also provide Iraq low cost housing solutions and expertise in the IT sector, Chavan asked Iraqi authorities to identify a few areas of cooperation and decide inter sectoral priorities. He said, if required,

Maharashtra would send its own delegation to Iraq to further explore cooperation in the concerned areas.

The chief minister also spoke of reviving the sister city cooperation between Mumbai and Iraq`s port city of Basra.

The Governor later hosted dinner in honour of the Iraqi Prime Minister.

PTI