HARSH VARDHAN TAKES OVER AS WHO EXECUTIVE BOARD HEAD
Union health minister Harsh Vardhan on Friday took charge as the chairman of the World Health Organization (WHO)’S 34-member executive board at its 147th session to become the third Indian to currently occupy a senior position in the global health agency.
Vardhan will chair meetings of the board but the assignment isn’t a full-time one. He will be chairman for a year.
The other Indians in senior roles at WHO are Dr Soumya Swaminathan, chief scientist, WHO Geneva, and Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, who is serving her second five-year term as the regional director, South East Asia Region, which is one of six WHO regions.
Union health minister Harsh Vardhan attends the 147th session of the WHO Executive Board meeting via video conferencing, from New Delhi, on Friday.