WORLD HEALTH ORGANISATION

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WHO: Dr Harsh Vardhan set to take charge as Chairman of Executive Board

Amid COVID-19 pandemic taking its tool on the world and the role of WHO in question in handling the matter, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan is all set to take charge as the chairman of the WHO Executive Board on May 22. Vardhan would succeed Dr Hiroki Nakatani of Japan, currently the Chairman of the 34-member WHO Executive Board.

 

The 194-nation World Health Assembly has signed the proposal to appoint India’s nominee to the executive board. It was just a formality after WHO’s South-East Asia group had unanimously decided last year that India would be elected to the executive board for a three-year-term beginning of May.

 

Vardhan would be elected at the Executive Board meeting of the World Health Organisation on May 22. The post of chairman is held by rotation for one year among regional groups and it was decided last year that India’s nominee would be the Executive Board chairman for the first year starting on May 22, 2020.

 

It is not a full-time assignment and the minister will just be required to chair the Executive Board’s meetings. The Executive Board is composed of 34 individuals technically qualified in the field of health, each one designated by a member state elected to do so by the World Health Assembly.

20 May 2020
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Mismanagement and Cover-up: US halts funding to WHO

The US President Donald Trump, on 14 April, announced halting America's funding of the World Health Organisation (WHO) amid ongoing review to assess WHO’s role in "severely mismanaging and covering up" the spread of the deadly COVID-19.

Responding to Trump’s decision UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said that It was "not the time to reduce the resources for the operations of the World Health Organisation or any other humanitarian organization in the fight against the virus”.

15 Apr 2020
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WHO: Dr Harsh Vardhan set to take charge as Chairman of Executive Board

By IndianMandarins 20 May 2020

Amid COVID-19 pandemic taking its tool on the world and the role of WHO in question in handling the matter, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan is all set to take charge as the chairman of the WHO Executive Board on May 22. Vardhan would succeed Dr Hiroki Nakatani of Japan, currently the Chairman of the 34-member WHO Executive Board.

 

The 194-nation World Health Assembly has signed the proposal to appoint India’s nominee to the executive board. It was just a formality after WHO’s South-East Asia group had unanimously decided last year that India would be elected to the executive board for a three-year-term beginning of May.

 

Vardhan would be elected at the Executive Board meeting of the World Health Organisation on May 22. The post of chairman is held by rotation for one year among regional groups and it was decided last year that India’s nominee would be the Executive Board chairman for the first year starting on May 22, 2020.

 

It is not a full-time assignment and the minister will just be required to chair the Executive Board’s meetings. The Executive Board is composed of 34 individuals technically qualified in the field of health, each one designated by a member state elected to do so by the World Health Assembly.

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Mismanagement and Cover-up: US halts funding to WHO

By IndianMandarins 15 Apr 2020

The US President Donald Trump, on 14 April, announced halting America's funding of the World Health Organisation (WHO) amid ongoing review to assess WHO’s role in "severely mismanaging and covering up" the spread of the deadly COVID-19.

Responding to Trump’s decision UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said that It was "not the time to reduce the resources for the operations of the World Health Organisation or any other humanitarian organization in the fight against the virus”.

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COVID-19: UN applauds India's lockdown initiative

By IndianMandarins 25 Mar 2020

The UN Resident Coordinator in India, Ms Renata Dessallien has welcomed Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s strategy of nationwide 21-day lockdown to curtail the coronavirus pandemic. She also commended the PM’s call for social distancing, an important step that is expected to help flatten the curve.“The UN system in India is fully mobilized and ready to further step up its support to the Government of India to fight COVID-19," she said. 
On 24 March, Ms. Dessallien, along with WHO Representative to India, Dr. Henk Bekedam, met the Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare, Dr. Harsh Vardhan and appreciated the government for its “early and robust response” to tackle the pandemic head on.

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MEA appoints Additional Secretary rank nodal officer to coordinate on COVID-19 globally

By IndianMandarins 12 Mar 2020

MEA has appointed an additional secretary rank official as nodal officer to coordinate efforts at the global level regarding coronavirus after WHO declared COVID-19 as a pandemic.

COVID-19 has spread to over 90 countries that originated in Wuhan in China in December 2019 claiming over 4,000 lives and infecting over 1,15,000 people globally so far. WHO declared coronavirus outbreak a pandemic on March 11, 2020 and expressed concern over alarming level of spread and severity.

The government of India has suspended all visas to India till April 15 as part of measures to contain its spread. The total number of COVID-19 cases in India has jumped to 62. Out of the 60 cases, 36 are Indian citizens.


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PM explained Corona virus way back in cabinet meet!

By IndianMandarins 07 Mar 2020

Though this is a very rare breed in the present Narendra Modi dispensation but one such not so-called ‘bhakt’ minister in the Union cabinet has been of all praise for PM Narendra Modi when he said that the PM explained way back about Corona in the cabinet meeting. It was the time when its epidemic nature was not even imagined and its virus reaching India was sort of out of question.


Even his detractors accept that his political insight is way beyond someone’s imagination but having detail about Covid 19 virus is something that raises curiosity about PM’s foresightedness. The government has brought Indian citizens from all dangerous locations and taking the utmost precaution and care. The government is trying every bit so that it does not spread. Is the non-Bhakt minister is on way of becoming his bhakt.

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Dr Swaminathan’s tenure in Geneva extended

By IndianMandarins 18 Nov 2019

The NaMo administration on Monday extended the tenure of Dr Soumya Swaminathan as Deputy Director General for Programs, WHO (Geneva) upto 30.05.2020 beginning 19.11.2019. She took up the charge in Geneva on 01 December 2017. 

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NBCC bags 220 Cr order for redevelopment of WHO building

By IndianMandarins 30 Jan 2019

State-owned Navratna PSU NBCC (India) Limited, on January 30, entered into a Tripartite Memorandum of Agreement with Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) and WHO-SEARO for the redevelopment of World Health Organisation (WHO) – SEARO building in New Delhi at cost of Rs 228 crore.

 

In presence of Jaggat Prakash Nadda, Union Minister, MoHFW, Government of India, a Tripartite Memorandum of Agreement was signed among Mrs Preeti Sudan, Secretary, MoHFW; Mrs Poonam Khetrapal Singh, Regional Director WHO-SEARO and Rajendra Chaudhari, Director (Commercial), NBCC (I) Ltd. Another bipartite agreement was signed between Lav Agarwal, Joint Secretary (International Health) MoHFW and Director (Commercial), NBCC.

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Niti Ayog keen to contain fake drug supply in India

By IndianMandarins 29 Sep 2018

Niti Aayog on Friday decided to start a partnership with Oracle, Apollo Hospitals and Strides Pharma Sciences to pilot a real drug supply chain using Blockchain decentralised ledger and IoT software.

The Indian pharmaceutical industry is said to be one of the largest in the world. However, fake drugs is a big problem in India for common people as well as the healthcare industry. An estimated 1 in 10 medical products in low-and-middle income countries is either substandard or falsified, according to a World Health Organisation (WHO).

“Falsified medical products are manufactured in many different countries and in all regions. Many countries and the media frequently report successful operations against manufacturers of substandard and falsified medical products. Some reports refer to large-scale manufacturing and others to small back street operations. With the availability of tableting machines, ovens, specialist equipment, ingredients and packaging materials, clandestine manufacturing facilities are quick and easy to assemble,” WHO said.

 

 Niti Ayog is keen to contain the fake supply of drugs across the country.

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