New Delhi: Union Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan has been elected Chairman of the WHO’s Executive Board, a prestigious assignment to New Delhi’s well-known medical practitioner who has won accolades for minimizing the number of patients of the COVID-19 global pandemic in India.

India’s New Global Face: Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan.

He will take charge on May 22 for a one-year-term from outgoing Dr. Hiroki Nakatani of Japan, currently Chairman of the 34-member Board.

The proposal to appoint Dr. Vardhan as India’s nominee to the Board was seconded by the 194-nation World Health Assembly on Tuesday, officials said.

The Executive Board is composed of 34 members technically qualified in the field of health, each one designated by a member state elected to do so by the World Health Assembly. Member-States are elected for three-year terms.

The Executive Board gives effect to the decisions and policies of the Health Assembly and advises it.

Addressing the 73rd World Health Assembly via video conferencing on Monday, Dr. Vardhan had said India took all the necessary steps well in time to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. The country has done well in dealing with the disease and is confident of doing better in the months to come.