India, Kuwait sign MoU to encourage medical tourism

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In a bid to boost medical tourism, India on Tuesday signed a memorandum of understanding with Kuwait. With a large number of Indian doctors and nurses employed in Kuwaiti hospitals, New Delhi signed the MoU wanting laying down of an institutional framework for developing medical cooperation between the two countries.

The MoU signed provides that degree and other qualifications issued by institutions in respect of medicine (including traditional medicine), nursing, medical technicians and paramedical recognized by government bodies will be treated at par by the Ministry of Health of Kuwait for appropriate job placements and benefits.

It also provides for training to Kuwait doctors in centers of excellence in the field of traditional and modern medicine and allied health specialities in India and provisions for treatment of Kuwaiti patients in approved specialized Indian hospitals and to encourage medical tourism.

It also proposes the setting up of a Joint Working Group (JWG) to further elaborate details of cooperation and to oversee implementation of the MoU. While Union Health Secretary P K Pradhan signed the MoU on behalf of Government of India, Ibrahim Alabdelhadi signed it on behalf of the Ministry of Health, Government of Kuwait.

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