Iranian, Afghan health officials meet on expansion of ties

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian and Afghan health ministry officials emphasized the need for consolidating the Tehran-Kabul cooperation in various fields, including in health, treatment, food and medicine.

“A delegation, headed by Afghan Health Minister Najiyeh Tariq and the ministry’s Food and Medicine Control Department Kameleh Soltani, paid a visit to the Iranian Health Ministry’s Food and Medicine Control Laboratory ,”  Head of the Iranian Health Ministry’s Food and Medicine Organization’s International Affairs Department Ali Reza Hosseini said Saturday.

He added that the Afghan delegation, in a meeting with the managing director and deputies of the Food and Medicine Department in Tehran on Saturday, discussed enhancement of mutual cooperation.

Hosseini went on to say that sharing experiences in training and laboratory fields and the methods of quality controlling were among the items discussed in the meeting.

In mid-February, Iranian Minister of Health, Treatment and Medical Education Hassan Qazizadeh Hashemi and Afghan Minister of Higher Education Obaidollah Obaid, in a meeting in Tehran, stressed the need for the expansion of Tehran-Kabul scientific ties and cooperation.

In the meeting, the Afghan minister called on the Iranian side to prepare the ground for training Afghan medical students in Iran.

He also called for expansion of Tehran-Kabul cooperation in the fields of surgery, cardiology, dentistry, gastroenterology, ophthalmology, nursing and midwifery.

Qazizadeh Hashemi, for his part, voiced Iran’s readiness to render health, treatment and medical education services to the Afghan nation.

Iran is one of the most important donors to Afghanistan, which has kept its promises to help to the reconstruction of the war-ravaged country.

Iran has built several roads, power transmission lines, border stations and many other infrastructure projects to better link the two nations.

Iran has also contributed more than $50mln annually to Afghan anti-narcotics efforts during the last five years.

By Fars News Agency


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