Meghalaya health minister James Sangma and Tamil Nadu health minister Ma Subramanian after the agreement in Chennai

The Meghalaya government signed an MoU with the Tamil Nadu government through which Tamil Nadu has agreed to support Meghalaya for the recruitment and training of medical professionals.

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This is a first-of-its-kind medical partnership between the two Indian states for collaboration on knowledge sharing, capacity building and improving health service delivery.

The MoU was signed by Meghalaya principal health secretary Sampath Kumar and Tamil Nadu principal health secretary P Senthil Kumar in the presence of Meghalaya’s health minister James Sangma and Tamil Nadu minister of medical and family welfare department Ma Subramanian in Chennai on September 19.

Addressing the gathering, Meghalaya health minister James Sangma lauded the Tamil Nadu government for the “proactive approaches” undertaken by the South Indian state to improve the health sector.

He added that the agreement would immensely benefit Meghalaya as the excellence and proactive approaches demonstrated by Tamil Nadu in the health sector, under health minister Ma Subramanian.

The MoU will facilitate the training of doctors, especially in remote Community Health Centres (CHCs), to overcome the shortage of certified and trained medical professionals for several critical functions, including ultrasonography, obstetrics and anesthesiology.

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The intent behind this is to provide better antenatal and postpartum care to expecting women and to women after delivery, especially at public health facilities in remote locations. The MoU is targeted at upgrading all CHCs in Meghalaya as First Referral Units (FRUs) by overcoming the shortage of medical specialists in the CHCs.

And for this, the Tamil Nadu government has agreed to provide training to state doctors, which has been identified as one of the important steps to strengthen health systems in Meghalaya.

The health officials from Tamil Nadu also shared a detailed presentation to highlight the current health interventions that are underway in their state, and how the state is using innovative mechanisms that are hugely responsible for its good performance in health indicators. As part of knowledge sharing and understanding Tamil Nadu’s best practices in the medical domain, the Meghalaya health officials also visited Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital (RGGGH), Chennai.

The team also visited the Tamil Nadu Medical Service Corporation (TNMSC), Egmore where a presentation of the working and best practices of TNMSC as well as of the medical services recruitment board were highlighted.

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