Thiruvananthapuram will host the start of the first Health Working Group conference in Kerala under India’s G20 chairmanship.


Thiruvananthapuram: Thiruvananthapuram will host the opening session of the Health Working Group under India’s G20 presidency. At the opening ceremony, V. Muraleedharan, Union Minister of State for External Affairs, and Bharati Pravin Pawar, Union Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare, will each give a keynote speech. Rajesh Bhushan, the union’s health secretary, and ambassadors from the two other members of the Troika—Indonesia and Brazil—will make the opening remarks.

The three-day gathering will centre on thematic talks on three key issues: improving pharmaceutical sector cooperation, digital health innovations to support universal health coverage, and prevention, readiness, and response to health emergencies. During its G-20 presidency, India would speak for the Global South and concentrate on important areas that need improvement, Mr. Luv Agarwal, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Health and Family Affairs, told the media today in Thiruvananthapuram. After the Covid epidemic, Mr. Agarwal continued, the health sector has evolved into the point at which all growth indices converge. The forum will also address the utilisation of digital health programmes like e-sanjeevani and Ayushman Bharat to guarantee universal access to healthcare.