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Pakistan culled chair of WHO Executive Board, new era of development

Finally a good news for Pakistan, the beginning of new era of development, chair of Executive Board of WHO has been given to Pakistan.

There is currently 34 member elite group which elects members by voting. This group has elected Pakistan and given a chair in 141 session of WHO held on June 1st , with 22 votes in favor of Pakistan. Director General Health Dr Asad Hafeez assuming office as chairman of the board.

The executive board is composed of 34 individuals technically qualified in the field of health, each one designated by a member state.These members are very expertised.

The WHO’s executive board meets at least twice a year. The annual board meeting is held in January when the member countries agree upon the agenda for the World Health Assembly and the resolutions to be considered by the assembly with a second shorter meeting in May, immediately after the Health Assembly.

The main functions of the executive board are to advise and facilitate the World Health Assembly and to give effect to the decisions and policies of the Health Assembly comprising 194 member countries.

The election is a two-tier process. The first phase was held at a regional level whereas a global forum was part of the final phase.

Pakistan was initially opted  by a group of 22 countries making up the Eastern Mediterranean Region and later at the global forum by the executive board.

Minister of Health Mrs Saira Afzal Tarar has commented on this news story that it is great achievement of Pakistan. It will build soft image of Pakistan in the world She said hat i is the recognition of Pakistan in world and we are doing best duties in this department.

She said Pakistan had been chosen earlier as the host of a prestigious regional conference of health ministers being held in October that will bring together participants from 22 countries in South Asia, Middle East, West Asia and North Africa.

Pakistan has previously served as vice-chair of the executive board and is also a member of the board of the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization, the minister concluded.

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