The Minister for Health, Dr James Reilly TD will this week visit China at the invitation of Mr Chen Zhu, the Minister of Health of the People’s Republic of China. The Ministers will sign a renewed Memorandum of Understanding between Ireland and China on cooperation in the health sector.
The visit will include a delegation of members from the Royal College of Surgeons Ireland, Irish Medicines Board, Irish College of General Practitioners, An Bord Altranais, Royal College of Physicians of Ireland, National University of Ireland, Galway, The IHeed Institute and the Irish Medical and Surgical Trade Association.
Minister Reilly will also witness the signings of Memoranda of Understanding involving NUIG based Network of Excellence for Functional Biomaterials (NFB) and two Chinese bodies and he will be the keynote speaker at the China Health Forum in Beijing. The Forum brings together senior health administrators, health institution executives, representatives from health industry, experts and scholars. This year, the Forum will focus on health care reform, prevention and control of non-communicable diseases and sustainable health development.
Commenting on the visit, Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore said that Minister Reilly’s visit “will be an opportunity to add further impetus to the development of the broad bilateral relationship between China and Ireland, specifically in the health sector”.