Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan set to take charge as WHO Executive Board chairman
- Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan is set to take charge as the chairman of the World Health Organization (WHO) Executive Board.
- The Executive Board is composed of 34 technically qualified members elected for three-year terms.
- The chairman’s post is held by rotation for one year among regional groups.
- The main functions of the Board are to implement the decisions and policies of the Health Assembly and facilitate its work.
- Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan had on Monday participated in the 73rd World Health Assembly (WHA) via video conferencing. WHA is the decision-making body of the World Health Organisation.
- In his address, Health Minister had expressed his “deepest condolences” at the loss of lives across the world due to COVID-19 and also expressed his “sincere gratitude” for the efforts of those who are in the frontline of this battle.
- India is playing a key role in fostering bilateral and regional partnerships. Under our Prime Minister’s able leadership, India has supplied essential medicines to 123 nations as an expression of solidarity.
- The 73rd World Health Assembly (WHA) unanimously adopted a resolution to conduct an independent probe of WHO’s COVID-19 response.
- WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus thanked the World Health Assembly members for adopting a resolution on the independent evaluation of the coronavirus response.
- The World Health Organization is a specialized agency of the United Nations responsible for international public health. The WHO Constitution, which establishes the agency’s governing structure and principles, states its main objective as “the attainment by all peoples of the highest possible level of health.
- Founded– 7 April 1947
- Headquarters– Geneva, Switzerland
- Director-General– Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus (Ethiopia)
- Chief Scientist– Dr Soumya Swaminathan
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