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US President Joe Biden selects Indian-American doctor Vivek Murthy as US’s representative on WHO executive board

President Joe Biden of the United States has announced his intention to appoint Dr Vivek Murthy as America's representative on the executive board of the World Health Organization.

By wasmulhaq 
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Washington: President Joe Biden of the United States has announced his intention to appoint Dr Vivek Murthy as America’s representative on the executive board of the World Health Organization.

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The White House announced in a statement that Dr Murthy, 45, will serve in the new position in addition to his ongoing responsibilities as the US Surgeon General.

In March 2021, the US Senate approved him to serve as the country’s 21st Surgeon General. Previously, he worked as the 19th Surgeon General when Barack Obama was the President of the United States.

As the country’s doctor, the role of the Surgeon General is immense; he has to lay the groundwork for a healthy nation by transmitting the best scientific knowledge to guide the people in a way that is transparent, consistent, and fair.

During his tenure as the 21st Surgeon General, Dr. Murthy’s main focus would be to draw attention towards the number of critical public health issues, including the need to curb the misinformation that is growing at a rapid speed. “It is essential to stress youth’s mental health and well-being, and to address burnout in the health worker community, as well as social isolation and loneliness,” said the White House.

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The first Surgeon General of Indian descent, Dr Murthy, was raised in Miami and is a graduate of Harvard, the Yale School of Medicine, and the Yale School of Management, the White House said.

Dr Murthy is a multi-talented personality; he is a noted physician, research scientist, entrepreneur, and author, lives in Washington, DC, with his wife, Dr Alice Chen; they are blessed with two children.

 

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