German Health Minister visits India, April 27-30, 2013
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German Health Minister Daniel Bahr was on a 3-city visit to India from April 27-30, 2013. The Minister visited Delhi, Ahmedabad and Mumbai with an aim to strengthen relations between the 2 countries in the healthcare sector. About his visit, Minister Bahr said," Germany's health care system is well-known globally and we have a leading edge with world-class research and development of innovative technologies for better service delivery. My visit to India focuses on sharing our know-how with Indian partners as well as intensifying our cooperation in areas such as health insurance and medical technology." Minister Bahr was accompanied by a 15 member strong delegation consisting of senior officials from the German Health Ministry and members of parliament, business leaders, healthcare providers, members from the healthcare industry and policy makers, amongst others.
During his visit in Ahmedabad on April 28, Mr. Bahr visited the Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana - India's National Health Insurance scheme for the poor, enrolment camp in rural Gujarat and met with health service personnel involved in the programme besides visiting the medical facilities in the outskirts of Ahmedabad.
During his visit in New Delhi on April 29, minister Bahr visited the Central Drug Standard Control Organisation. He also met up with his Indian counterpart - Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Mr. Ghulam Nabi Azad, Minister of State in the Ministry of Labour, Mr. Kodikunnil Suresh, Union Cabinet Minister for Commerce and Industry and Textiles, Mr. Anand Sharma and Union Minister for Labour and Employment, Mr. Mallikarjun Kharge.
In Mumbai on April 30, Minister Bahr was welcomed and accompanied by Consul General Michael Siebert. Mr. Bahr held a round-table discussion with the Managing Directors and CEOs of leading German health insurance, medical technology and pharmaceutical sectors based in Mumbai such as Siemens, Bayer, Bayer-Zydus, Bajaj-Allianz, Bosch Engineering, Merck Serono and Otto Bock etc. He met with Mr. Suresh Shetty, Minister of Health, Government of Maharashtra. The delegation also visited the state-of-the-art Saifee hospital, where he held discussions with the senior management. Minister Bahr also attended a meeting of the board members of the Indo-German Chamber of Commerce (IGCC), where he shared his views and observations of his trip to India. Mr. Bahr's visit concluded with a reception hosted by Consul General Siebert in his honour.