The India Union Health Secretary, P. K. Pradhan signed an MOU on behalf of the Government of India on 23 April with the State of Kuwait on Medical Cooperation.
Dr. Ibrahim Al-Abdulhadi was the signatory on behalf of the Ministry of Health, Government of Kuwait.
The MoU is expected to help a large number of Indian doctors and nurses employed in hospitals in Kuwait.
The MoU is expected to fulfill the long standing desire to strengthen friendly cooperation between the two countries desiring to lay down institutional framework for developing medical cooperation between the two countries.
The MoU signed, inter alia, provides for resolving degree and other qualifications issued by Institutions in respect of medicine (including traditional medicine), nursing, medical technicians and paramedical courses. Now the courses recognized by Indian Government Bodies will be treated at par by the Ministry of Health of Kuwait for appropriate job placements and benefits.
Appropriate training opportunities will be made available to Kuwait doctors in centers of excellence in the field of traditional and modern medicine and allied health specialities in India.
There are now provisions for treatment of Kuwaiti patients in the approved specialized Indian hospitals and to encourage medical tourism.
A joint Working Group (JWG) is being setup to further elaborate the details of the cooperation and to oversee the implementation of this MoU.