Real-time sharing of information and clinical data, capacity building and training of medical and paramedical staff, supply of medicines and medical equipment were among the topics discussed at a SAARC Health Minister's video conference held today.

The conference was initiated by Pakistan.All Member States and the SAARC and  ts Secretary General Esala Weerakoon participated in the Conference.

Proposals to fast-track creation of linkages among medical universities, academia and research institutions came under review during the discussion,a press release from the Pakistan High Commission in Colombo said.

Pakistan proposed greater coordination among health authorities of the South Asian Association of Regional Co-operation (SAARC )Member States in the context of combating the pandemic and in this regard, suggested activating the SAARC Technical Committee on Health and Population Activities. It was agreed to enhance cooperation in the health sector, particularly in the context of efforts to combat the virus at the regional level.

Among those who participated in  the conference Minister for Health and Indigenous Medical Services Pavithra Wanniarachchi,   Nabraj Raut, State Minister for Health and Population of Nepal; Dr. Wahid Majrooh, Deputy Minister for Healthcare Services of Afghanistan; Dr. Ugen Dophu, Secretary Health of Bhutan, Prof. Dr. Abul Kalam Azad, Director General of Health Services of Bangladesh; Ms. Maimoona Aboobakuru, Director General of Public Health of Maldives; and Prof. Rajiv Garg, Director General of Health Services of India.

Special Assistant to the Prime Minister of Pakistan on Health Services and Regulations Dr. Zafar Mirza chaired the meeting.