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India retains top WHO-position in South-East Asia

New Delhi, Sep 5 (UNI) India on Wednesday retained the top WHO position in South-East Asia Region, with Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh being unanimously re-elected as Regional Director for another five-year term, beginning February, 2019.

The elections were held at the ongoing Regional Committee meeting of WHO South-East Asia.

Thanking all Member states for supporting India’s candidate, Union Health and Family Welfare Minister J P Nadda said, ‘We are grateful for the unanimous support received from the Member States of the Region, evidenced by the un-contested election.’

Congratulating Dr Singh on her re-election, the Minister said the leadership provided by Dr Singh to the South East Asia Regional Office has seen the Region emerge as the top performer in the organisation globally in programmatic and financial implementation.

Her commitment to the public health agenda in the Member States is reflected in the significant achievements in all the flagship priority programmes of the Region, Mr Nadda added.

‘We are happy that she has been able to translate her strategic vision into concrete actions during her tenure – whether it is in addressing the persisting and emerging epidemiological and demographic challenges; strengthening emergency risk management for sustainable development; advancing universal health coverage and robust health systems or articulating a strong regional voice in the global health agenda, ‘ he said.

Dr Singh is the first woman to have been elected to the position of Regional Director for WHO South-East Asia Region, after an illustrious career in the Indian civil service, World Bank and WHO, according to a statement here.

With her contributions to regional as well as global initiatives and outstanding work in placing health central to the agenda of sustainable development in the Region, she will continue leading the Region to greater heights and further strengthen co-operation among the South East Asia Region Member States, the Minister said.

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