Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan becomes chairman of WHO’s 34-member executive board

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Union Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan took the position of WHO’s executive board chairman today. This executive board has 34 members from different countries and he has replaced Dr. Hiroki Nakatani from Japan to take this responsibility. The board will discuss the effects and prevention measures for the ongoing infection spread.

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Dr. Harsh Vardahn while taking the responsibility said — ‘I am aware I am entering this office at a time of global crisis on account of this pandemic. At a time, when we all understand that there will be many health challenges in the next 2 decades.’

The fundamental function of this WHO committee is the provide their guidance in improving the health policies and guidelines through which the effect of this global infection spread can be reduced and more lives could be saved.

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The decision of taking a representative from India was made last year by WHO’s South-East Asia group in which the existing members voted to lead the executive board for a three-year term beginning from May. Choosing an Indian to lead this group was signed World Health Assembly of 194 nations.

However, this is not a full-time position, Dr. Harsh Vardhan will need to chair board meetings whenever they are scheduled. The board chairs 2 times in a year which is in January and in May.

Published by Ishan Soni on 23 May 2020

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