THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Kerala on Monday inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Maldives to strengthen cancer care in the island nation.
The MOU was signed here between Maldivian Minister Abdulla Ameen and Kerala Health Minister KK Shylaja in the presence of the state Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan.
CM Pinarayi Vijayan said that the Kerala government and the Regional Cancer Centre (RCC) have jointly signed the MOU with the health ministry of Maldives as part of improving cooperation between the two countries.
"The ties between Maldives and Kerala are very strong. Several people from that country visit the state for various treatments, including cancer," he said.
As per the report, Kerala was responding to the plea of the Maldivian government that Kerala should help that country in the field of cancer treatment.
Kerala Health Minister K K Shylaja said that the state health department and RCC would also provide support in setting up cancer care centres in the Maldives and their doctors, nurses, pharmacists and paramedical staff would be provided training at RCC.
Maldives has also sought RCC's support to create a cancer registry in that country.
With inputs from PTI