India to set up telemedicine facility in Afghanistan
KABUL, Oct. 30 (Xinhua) — India has agreed to establish telemedicine facility in Afghanistan under a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) inked in Afghan capital Kabul on Thursday, said a statement released by Afghan Public Health Ministry.
Afghan Minister for Public Health Syed Mohammad Amin Fatimi and Indian Ambassador to Afghanistan Jayant Prasad signed the MOU on behalf of their respective governments.
“The main purpose of this project is to provide complex technical know-how and expertise to the health care providers of Afghanistan from a distance by the Indian health professionals,” the statement said.
An Indian enterprise, Telecommunications Consultants India Limited (TCIL), would be the sole executing agency for the implementation of the project, it said.
“We believe that the establishment of telemedicine facility by Indian government and transfer of knowledge, consultation and expertise from India to Afghanistan will not only enhance the capacity for health care service delivery but also bring a new technology and facility to Afghanistan,” the statement quoted Afghan Health Minister as saying.
India has contributed more than 750 million U.S. dollars to Afghanistan since 2002 and major parts of the contribution has been invested in the fields of health, education and road building.
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