10 MoUs signed at AMTZPublish Date : Dec 16, 2018
Three-day conference on medical devices concludes
The three-day conference of the 4th WHO Global Forum on Medical Devices on the final day on Saturday saw signing of MoUs envisaging an investment of $150 million at the AP MedTech Zone, touted as India’s first medical devices manufacturing park.
An official of AMTZ told The Hindu that in all, 10 MoUs were signed at the conference. The investments in medical technologies would give a fillip to efforts to develop the park. This was the first time that WHO hosted the prestigious event in India.
The topics which experts discussed threadbare at the conference included free diagnostics, making diagnostics accessible, oxygen supply options and systems for low and middle income countries, pricing administration, regulation and policies, enabling ecosystem for manufacturing in country, ethical issues around device donations, non-communicable diseases and priority devices and how countries were preparing to adapt to the Essential Diagnostics List recently released by WHO at the 71st World Health Assembly.
The medical devices’ industry is a Rs. 30,000-crore industry and is highly import dependant. WHO approved registration applications of 1,049 delegates representing 90 countries. The delegates included representatives from governments, United Nations and Inter-governmental institutions like WHO, other UN bodies, bilateral donors like GIZ (of Germany) and USAID, researchers and academia and NGOs with affiliations with the WHO. The number of delegates was put at 1,200.
From WHO, Tedros Adhanom, Director-General and Soumya Swaminathan, Deputy Director-General, addressed the forum via audio-visual mode. Suzanne Hill, Head of Essential Medicine Division and Henk Bekedem, WHO representative to India, attended the forum.
Focus on quality
Speaking on the occasion, Poonam Malakondaiah, Special Chief Secretary (health), said the need of the hour was quality, affordability and accessibility, and with the launch of AMTZ, the long-awaited need to reduce cost of healthcare would be achieved.