Union health minister Harsh Vardhan is set to take charge as the chairman of the WHO Executive Board on May 22nd. The Executive Board is composed of 34 technically qualified members elected for three-year terms. Mr Vardhan would succeed Dr Hiroki Nakatani of Japan, who is currently the chairman of the 34-Member Executive Board.The chairman's post is held by rotation for one year among.
The main functions of the Board are to implement the decisions and policies of the 194-nation World Health Assembly and facilitate its work. The Assembly on Tuesday signed a proposal that appointed Harsh Vardhan to the executive position.
Dr Harsh will be mandated to ensure the implementation of the decisions taken by the World Health Assembly
The Health Minister who has been at the forefront of India’s fight against the global pandemic has been stressing upon the fact that this is the time when humankind must come together.
Addressing the coronavirus health crisis in India Harsh Vardhan said that India is playing a key role in fostering bilateral and regional partnerships under the leadership of Prime Minister Modi. He claimed that India has supplied essential medicines to 123 nations as an expression of solidarity.
On being appointed as the chairman, the minister Harsh Vardhan stated that he stands at this position to honour the superhuman doctors, the nurses, the paramedics, the scientists, the journalists, the delivery boys, security staff, sanitation staff and the police personnel. He said that they are the real heroes.