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India’s Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan appointed as chairperson of key world health panel

By Priyanka Verma 
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NEW DELHI :India’s Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan has been appointed as the chairperson of committee B at the 75th World Health Assembly, the Union Health Ministry informed on Tuesday, May 24.

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The annual World Health Organisation (WHO) assembly is being held from between May 22 and 28 in Geneva, Switzerland.

WHO was established to promote health and ease the burden of disease worldwide; and the UN body takes direction for its goals and priorities from its 194 member states that includes India.

The World Health Assembly functions through two types of committees i.e., Committee A and Committee B.

This year the Committee B will discuss and prepare report on many important issues, which includes health conditions in the occupied Palestinian territory including east Jerusalem and in the occupied Syrian Golan, WHO’s budget for the year 2022-2023, prevention of sexual exploitation, and WHO reforms, among other important issues.

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Committee A meets to debate technical and health matters. “Committee A has listed critical issues to discuss during 75th WHA including pandemic preparedness and response, amendment in international health regulations 2005. WHO works in health emergency, global strategy for HIV, TB, viral hepatitis and eradication of polio, immunisation agenda 2030, infection prevention and control and human resources for health etc,” said the health ministry.

Committee B primarily discusses administrative and financial matters of the World Health organization. “This year Committee B will discuss and prepare report on many important issues which includes health conditions in the occupied Palestinian territory including east Jerusalem and in the occupied Syrian Golan, Budget for WHO for year 2022-2023, Prevention of sexual exploitation, WHO reforms, global strategy and plan of action on public health, innovation and intellectual property , audit report of WHO, global strategy and plan of action on public health, innovation and intellectual property and intergovernmental organizations issues,” stated health ministry in the statement.

In response to the appointment, the health secretary said, “It is an honour for India.”

Meanwhile, WHO director-general, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, is likely to hold a second five-year term, according to people familiar with the matter.

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