NEW DELHI (By PTI): SAARC nations today pledged to combat AIDS collectively to free the region of the "dreaded" disease by 2030 while India extended its assistance to its neighbours to make them polio-free by sharing its best practices.
Health Minister JP Nadda, after chairing the 5th meeting of health ministers of SAARC nations here, said a "cohesive" group in the health sector has been developed which has a better "one to one relation" and has a resolve that SAARC becomes a healthy region.
"The Delhi Declaration has two important aspects, eradicating AIDS and combating polio and making this region polio free.
"Countries who have done good should share their experiences. Cure part is there but we should work for preventive part like awareness, sharing information, integrating traditional medicines and all these points were also considered in the meeting," he said.
SAARC countries comprising Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka account for nearly a quarter of the world population.