Collaboration in healthcare – investing in sustainability
Tashkent, Uzbekistan (UzDaily.com) -- Interaction in the field of public health and epidemiological safety has been on the agenda of international negotiations and summits of the highest level for the third year already.
The online meeting of the leaders of Central Asia and India on 27 January was no exception. In the context of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, it is difficult to deny the importance of this area of cooperation.
During the event, the President of Uzbekistan came up with a number of initiatives in the field of healthcare aimed at strengthening cooperation in this area. The implementation of the proposals of the Head of State will make it possible to solve both urgent tasks that require an immediate response, and issues of long-term development of the industry.
In particular, the recognition of vaccination certificates today is a necessary condition for the full restoration of ties between countries. Accelerating this process is in the interests of all states, as it will help minimize the negative impact of the pandemic on socio-economic development.
In addition, it is extremely important to strengthen the scientific base in the field of epidemiological safety, to multiply the potential of public health, as well as to establish a joint production of pharmaceuticals.
It was these issues that the President of Uzbekistan clearly outlined in his speech.
Here I would like to draw attention to India’s leading positions in pharmaceuticals, traditional and modern medicine.
Today, for many, India has become synonymous with high-quality and affordable medicine, a highly developed pharmaceutical industry. This explains why the pre-pandemic growth of medical tourists was 20-25%.
In addition, India occupies a leading position in the global pharmaceutical market. The country is 3rd in the world in terms of volume and 14th in value of the pharmaceutical industry.
At the same time, the state has not just a centuries-old, but a thousand-year history of traditional medicine - Ayurveda.
Central Asia, in particular Uzbekistan, also made a worthy contribution to the development of medicine, including virology. Thus, the treatises of the great scientist, doctor Ibn Sina, in many respects, laid the foundations of modern world medical science.
A retrospective look at past achievements and knowledge can enrich modern medicine. Conducting joint research will make it possible to comprehensively prepare for possible future pandemics and epidemics.
The launch of joint training programs for virologists will help increase the ability to respond to epidemiological challenges.
At the same time, the creation of a regularly operating platform - the India-Central Asia Health Forum, as the Leader of Uzbekistan noted, will contribute to the formation of conditions for the systematic implementation of all announced initiatives.
Leading Research Fellow,
International Institute of Central Asia