Monday March 19, 2018

India to preside over World Health Assembly after 19 years



By NewsGram Staff Writer

At 68th Session of the World Health Assembly (WHA), in Geneva, Minister of Health & Family Welfare Jagat Prakash Nadda will assume the Presidency of WHA. It will be 19 years since India headed the high decision making body of the World Health organisation (WHO).

“Health minister JP Nadda will preside over the 68th session of the World Health Assembly (WHA) at Geneva as India assumes the presidency of the WHA, the high-decision making body of the WHO, after a gap of 19 years,” an official statement said.

Key issues of global interest including anti-microbial resistance, air pollution and health, global health emergency, preparedness and surveillance, global strategy and plan of action on public health, innovation and intellectual property, and research and development in neglected tropical diseases will be taken up at the session.

The minister will also participate in various bilateral and multilateral meetings with China, the Netherlands, the US, the UK, Russia, South Africa, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Brazil and others, apart from attending the session.

To mark the occasion, J P Nadda and Dr. Margaret Chan, Director-General, WHO will jointly inaugurate a photo exhibition “Yoga for All, Yoga for Health” prior to the session.

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