India has offered its expertise in Ayurveda and Yoga to Sweden for its public health programmes. Inaugurating the Indo-Swedish health week, to be observed from February 1st to 5th, the union minister for health and family welfare Ghulam Nabi Azad said, “Sweden may find Ayurveda and yoga to be quite useful and beneficial in the public health area.”
Azad expressed hope that co-operation with Sweden in developing health infrastructure in India will bring greater investment into the fields of diagnostics and pharmaceuticals. He said that both the countries would chalk out a road map in this regard very soon.
Two countries are also expected to make the collaboration in six more common areas like anti-microbial resistance, pharmaceuticals, medical research, health policy research, alcoholism prevention and adolescent health.
Swedish Minister for Elderly Care and Public Health Maria Larsson sounded optimistic about the bilateral venture. She expressed hope that both the countries can benefit from each other’s strengths in the area of public health and the size of her delegation bears a testimony to the interest that India has generated in her country.
Azad opined that though the country’s major workforce is young, the absolute number of people who are above the age of 65 years is huge and growing very fast. He stressed that older segment of the population must receive specialized care.
He said, “India supports Sweden’s view in controlling risk factors of alcohol that a global strategy has to be adopted by the World Health Assembly in May 2010.
Azad also informed that the Swedish Council of Working Life would conduct the Public Health Summer School in 2010-11. The school is an innovative concept to institutionalise exchange of ideas between young research scholars from India and Sweden.