Indonesia’s Health Minister Nila Moeloek (Source: antaranews)
Jakarta (VNA) – Indonesia and Japan have agreed to enhance bilateral cooperation in health services and human resource development.

The agreement was reached at a meeting between Indonesia’s Health Minister Nila Moeloek and Japanese Minister of Health, Manpower and Welfare Yasuhisa Shiozaki on July 16 on the sidelines of the ASEAN-Japan Health Ministers’ Meeting on Universal Health Coverage and Population Ageing in Tokyo.

The two ministers reached a consensus on exchanging expertise, experience and programmes to improve health services.

Currently, Indonesia and Japan have a wide range bilateral cooperation under the Indonesia-Japan Economic Partnership (I-JEPA) as well as the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

The cooperation includes exchange of experts, research, and human resource development in the health sector.

Under the I-JEPA, 593 nurses and 1,199 care givers from Indonesia have been trained in Japan and worked for some hospitals and nursing homes in the country. Every year, Japan has provided training for 500 Indonesian nurses in the country.

Moeloek said that the government will need to further explore the opportunities to increase cooperation in paramedics recruitment, human resource development, health services, health information technology and disease prevention.

The cooperation is expected to open more chances for Indonesian nurses to participate in the training and to work in Japan, and to increase the number of Indonesian health experts studying in Japan, she added.-VNA