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India commits $1.4 million anti-cancer medicines

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The Indian government has pledged to support Malawi with anti-cancer medicines and essential drugs worth $1.4 million (approximately K1.43 billion).

Minister of State for External Affairs of the Republic of India responsible for African Affairs, Shri Vellamvelly Muraleedharan, who is visiting Malawi, made the pledge during a press conference at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs offices in Lilongwe.

India has also pledged 200 laptop computers for the Malawi National Assembly.

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Speaking after a bilateral-relations talk with Minister of Foreign Affairs Nancy Tembo, Muraleedharan said the anti-cancer medicines his government is donating are expected to improve the health care of Malawians suffering from non-communicable diseases, in particular, cancer.

He also said information and communication technology equipment, including laptop computers, is critical in the work of legislators both at Parliament and in their respective constituencies.

“The government of India will continuously help Malawi by providing essential drugs and medicines to the Government of Malawi under the framework of the Memorandum of Understanding on Health and Medicines, thereby saving many lives of Malawians,” Muraleedharan said.

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Tembo hailed the support from India.

“The visit of the Minister of State for External Affairs of the Republic of India responsible for African Affairs is a big boost in diplomatic relations between two countries,” Tembo said.

Muraleedharan was also expected to hold talks with President Lazarus Chakwera and Vice- President Saulos Chilima.

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