Union Well being Minister Harsh Vardhan as we speak took cost because the chairman of of the 34-member WHO Govt Board.
The Well being Minister, who’s on the forefront of India’s battle in opposition to COVID-19, succeeded Dr Hiroki Nakatani from Japan.
“I’m conscious I’m getting into this workplace at a time of world disaster on account of this pandemic. At a time, after we all perceive that there will likely be many well being challenges within the subsequent 2 a long time. All these challenges demand a shared response,” the Union Well being Minister was quoted by information company ANI as saying after taking cost because the WHO Govt Board Chairman.
Final 12 months, WHO’s South-East Asia group had unanimously determined to elect India’s nominee to the manager board for a three-year-term starting Might.
The proposal to nominate India’s nominee to the manager board was signed by the 194-nation World Well being Meeting on Tuesday.
The chairman’s submit is held by rotation for one 12 months amongst regional teams and it was determined final 12 months that India’s nominee could be the Govt Board chairman for the primary 12 months beginning Friday.
It’s not a full-time task and the minister will simply be required to chair the Govt Board’s conferences, an official mentioned.
The Govt Board contains 34 people, technically certified within the subject of well being, each designated by a member-state elected to take action by the World Well being Meeting. Member States are elected for three-year phrases.
The board meets no less than twice a 12 months and the primary assembly is often in January, with a second shorter assembly in Might, instantly after the Well being Meeting.
The primary capabilities of the manager board are to provide impact to the selections and insurance policies of the Well being Meeting, to advise it and usually to facilitate its work.
(Inputs From PTI and ANI)