India and Trinidad & Tobago signed an agreement for cooperation in traditional systems of medicine. The pact was signed at the conclusion of summit level talks between Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh and his visiting counterpart Kamla Persad-Bissessar in New Delhi on Friday (January 06). Thus Trinidad & Tobago will become the third country to acquire Indian expertise in Ayurveda and other indigenous systems of medicine; other two being South Africa and Germany.
Federal Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad said, “Trinidad & Tobago, which has a rich population of people of Indian origin (about 42 per cent) will be able to easily appreciate the benefit of Ayurveda, as a system for preventing and curing diseases and promoting good health.”
Azad said, New Delhi will set up an Information Cell at its mission in Port of Spain to help disseminate knowledge and dealing with queries about Indian traditional systems of medicine among the people of Trinidad & Tobago.
The Memorandum of Understanding provides for teaching, practice, drugs and drugless therapies of traditional systems of medicine to the Southern Caribbean archipelago. It also seeks to exchange experts for training practitioners, paramedics, scientists, teaching professionals and students in traditional medicine, setting up of an “Ayurvedic Chair” in the University of West Indies, Trinidad and Tobago.