Dr Harsh Vardhan is the new WHO Executive Board Chairman
- by Team ABLE - 22 May, 2020
Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan, who has been selected to become the next Chairman of the 34-member Executive Board of the World Health Organisation (WHO), assumes charge from May 22.
Dr Harsh Vardhan succeeds Dr Hiroki Nakatani of Japan, the current Chairman. It is believed that the WHO’s South-East Asian group had unanimously decided that India should be appointed on the executive board for three years.
On Tuesday, it was decided that an Indian to be appointed as the Chairman of the Executive Board. An official informed that 194 countries had signed the proposal.
Few media reports indicate that the position as Chairman of the Executive Board is not fulltime, However, the board meets twice a year. Dr Harsh Vardhan will have to attend these meetings as the Chairman. The main session of the executive committee is held in January. Meeting of the executive board is held in May, immediately after the Health Assembly. The Chairman of the executive board is responsible for giving proper advice to make the decisions and policies of the Health Assembly more effective.
Earlier, in 2016, former Health Minister J P Nadda was the Chairman of the WHO executive board.
Dr Harsh Vardhan takes over from Dr Hiroki Nakatani of Japan, the current Chairman.