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Press Release on the visit of Hon'ble Minister of Health and Family Welfare Shri Jagat Prakash Nadda to Japan


Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare of India Mr. J. P.Nadda is currently visiting Tokyo to participate in the meeting of the Ministers from South East Asia and Western Pacific region on Anti-microbial Resistance on 16 April 2016.

Health Minister Nadda arrived in Tokyo on 15 April 2016. He met JapaneseMinister of Health, Labour and Welfare Yasuhisa Shiozaki yesterday at the dinner hosted by him for participating ministers in the AMR Conference.

The two Health Ministers held a 30-minute long bilateral meeting today morning before the AMR Conference. The two ministers stressed the importance of enhancing cooperation in the health sector. They recognized the following as potential cooperation areas: pharmaceuticals; medical devices; training and capacity building; etc. MinisterShiozaki acknowledged India’s strength in pharmaceuticals, particularly generic medicines and referred to Japan’s own efforts in enhancing use of generic medicines in its medicines mix. Minister Naddaalso stressed cooperation in the area of generic medicines, as well as in area of medical devices with greater opportunities being opened up due to our Make in India programme. He also emphasized sharing of rich experience of traditional medicines and naturotherapy, Ayurveda, as well as Yoga in combating NCDs and lifestyle diseases. The two ministers agreed that the next meeting of the bilateral Joint Working Group shouldbe convened early and tasked to explore cooperation in these areas.

The Indian delegation led by Health Ministeractivelyparticipated in the Meeting of Health Ministers on AMR. Minister Nadda delivered India’s National Statement in the Ministerial Session of the Meeting. He also made an intervention during the Discussion Session on “The way forward ‘One Health’ for Global Health Security”.

Both in the bilateral meeting and at the Meeting of Health Ministers today, Minister Nadda stressed the importance of addressing the challenges posed by AMR and highlighted the need for multi-sectoral response given the complex nature of AMR as well as to implement a strategy for coordinated action by all stakeholders. He also pointed out that AMR should not be solely viewed as a health challenge but as a broader development challenge.

A Letter of Intent between the Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR) and National Institute of Infectious Diseases (NIID) of Japan on Antimicrobial Resistance Research was signed at India House today in the presence the two Ministers, namely MinisterNadda and Minister Shiozaki. The LoI was signed by His Excellency Ambassador of India to Japan Mr. Sujan R. Chinoy on behalf of ICMR and by Director General Dr. Ichiro Kurane of NIID, and aims to promote bilateral cooperation in Antimicrobial Resistance Research including in development of national integrated surveillance program and exchange of information on molecular and epidemiological AMR data.

Minister Nadda also visited the Tamagawa hospital yesterday. Tamagawa hospital has an advanced Nephrology Department with a unique dialysis technology, which can serve up to 20 patients through a central dialysis fluid system with small control units for each patient. Tamagawa hospital had exchanges with Indian medical hospitals in the past and has organized training programmes for a few batches of Indian doctors and nurses in the area of dialysis training.

Visit to kidney dialysis centre of Tamagawa Hospital in Tokyo  Bilateral Meeting with the Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare of Japan Mr.Yasuhisa Shiozaki
Tokyo Meeting of Health Ministers on Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) in Asia  Signing of Letter of Intent between ICMR and National Institute of Infectious Diseases(NIID), Japan
Ministers at the Signing of Letter of Intent between ICMR and National Institute of Infectious Diseases(NIID), Japan   Group Photo of Health Ministers at the meeting on AMR

16 April 2016