Prime Minister Narendra Modi stressed the need for sharing best practices among SAARC nations in the fields of modern medical science and healthcare, an official release said.
At a meeting with health ministers of SAARC member-countries, Mr. Modi suggested that the places in SAARC countries where research is being done at the grassroots level in this regard should be jointly visited. The SAARC health ministers apprised PM Modi of the ongoing deliberations during their meeting in New Delhi, including their intent to make the entire SAARC region polio-free.
The ministers mentioned that changing the lives of the people of the SAARC region required a focus on health and education sectors, with a multi-sectoral approach. They praised the prime minister's initiative towards the adoption of June 21 as International Yoga Day by the United Nations.
The South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) is an economic and political organisation of eight countries in southern Asia. The member states are Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka.