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Tele-medicine network for Bimstec nations launched

As part of the Centre's 'Act East' policy, a telemedicine network to improve regional cooperation in health care among BIMSTEC nations was on Thursday launched with the seven member countries being linked via video conferencing. Union Minister Faggan Singh Kulaste inaugurated the JIPMER BIMSTEC Telemedicine Network (JBTN) here. All seven BIMSTEC countries -- India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan, Myanmar and Thailand -- were linked by video conferencing during the launch.
The aim of JBTN is to improve regional cooperation in the field of health care by strengthening telemedicine-based patient care services and share medical knowledge among the BIMSTEC countries, the minister said.
"This Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) is an important aspect of the Act East policy of the central government envisioned by Prime Minister Narendra Modi," Kulaste said.
He also inaugurated the foundation day of the Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research (JIPMER), a centrally-sponsored premier medical institution. He lauded the efforts of JIPMER to establish the telemedicine network for the benefit of the poor and the under-served population of South East Asia.
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