New Delhi: Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan will take over as the Executive Board President of the World Health Organization (WHO) on 22 May. Dr Harsh Vardhan is one of the leading people in India’s war against COVID-19. Harshvardhan will replace Dr Hiroki Nakatani of Japan, who is the current chairman of the 34-member board of the WHO.
Let us tell you that on May 19, 194 countries passed a proposal to appoint Dr Harsh Vardhan, nominated on behalf of India, at the World Health Organization meeting. However, assuming the post of Dr Harsh Vardhan was only a formality, when it was decided that he would be nominated by India for the South East Asia Group of WHO. It was also unanimously decided that India would remain on the executive board for a 3-year term starting from May.
The Union Health Ministry informed that so far in India, about 0.2 cases of death from COVID-19 per 1 lakh population have been reported, while the worldwide figure is 4.1 deaths per lakh. In India, cases of death due to corona reached 3,163 on Tuesday and the total number of cases of infected patients increased to 1,01,139.
The Union Health Ministry further said that on May 18, a record 1,08,233 samples were tested for COVID-19 in the country. A total of 24,25,742 samples have been investigated so far. According to WHO status report-119, the ministry said that till May 19, there have been a total of 3,11,847 deaths from COVID-19 in the whole world, which is about 4.1 deaths per lakh population.
(INPUT – PTI)