Well being Minister Harsh Vardhan, who’s main the nation’s battle towards Covid-19 within the nation, shall be India’s nominee to be the subsequent WHO Government Board Chairman, individuals acquainted with the event informed Hindustan Instances.
A senior authorities official mentioned the well being minister can be elected on the World Well being Organisation Government Board’s assembly on 22 Could. The election is a procedural formality.
“It isn’t a full time task… However Dr Harsh Vardhan shall be required to chair the manager board’s bi-annual conferences,” a senior authorities official informed Hindustan Instances.
The WHO’s South-East Asia group had unanimously determined final yr that New Delhi can be elected to the manager board for a three-year-term starting Could. It was additionally determined at this assembly that New Delhi’s nominee can be the Government Board chairman for the primary yr starting Friday. The chairman’s submit is held by rotation for one yr amongst regional teams.
On Tuesday, the 194-nation World Well being Meeting signed off on the proposal to nominate India’s nominee to the manager board. Former well being minister JP Nadda had chaired an identical session of the WHA again in 2016.
Harsh Vardhan, an ENT surgeon by coaching, will exchange Dr H Nakatani, who’s the advisor for worldwide affairs to Japan’s well being minister.
As head of the 34-member Government Board that’s mandated to implement the selections of the World Well being Meeting, well being minister Harsh Vardhan should work carefully with Director Basic Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus who has recently been the punching bag for a lot of international locations led by the USA over the WHO’s preliminary response to Covid-19.
Harsh Vardhan, who will proceed within the govt board after the one-year time period as chairman ends, may also have a say in shortlisting the subsequent WHO director normal when Tedros Adhanom’s five-year-tenure ends in Could 2021.
Earlier, the manager board would choose the WHO director normal and get its selection vetted by the well being meeting. However this process was modified earlier than Tedros Adhanom was appointed. The board is now required to shortlist candidates whose candidature is put earlier than the World Well being Meeting for election by a secret poll.