Kenyan Acting Director-General For Health Dr Patrick Amoth Lands WHO Job

Kenya’s acting Director-General for Health, Dr. Patrick Amoth, is the new chairperson of the Executive Board of the World Health Organization (WHO).

Dr. Amoth will succeed India’s Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Dr. Harsh Vardhan, whose tenure expired on June 2.

On Tuesday, June 1, he was elected during the 149th session of the WHO’s Executive Board held in Geneva, Switzerland.

Amoth will head the board for three years with a possibility of being re-elected when his term expires in 2023.

Elated Dr. Amoth expressed gratitude to WHO member states for trusting Kenya with the top seat.

“On behalf of the Government of the Republic of Kenya, I wish to convey our deep appreciation and gratitude to the entire WHO membership for the faith and trust they have demonstrated in electing Kenya to serve as Chairperson of the Executive Board. I also take this opportunity to especially thank the Member States of the African Region for nominating Kenya to serve in this capacity,” he said.

He hopes to eradicate Covid-19 during the period he will be in the office.

“During my term, I hope that we can purpose as Member States to spare no effort in striving to end to the ongoing pandemic and secure a healthier and sustainable future. We must endeavour to utilise all the available tools at our disposal and remain steadfast in our fidelity to the basic founding principles of our great organization towards the attainment by all peoples of the highest possible level of health,” he added.

The board’s roles include giving effect to the decisions and policies of the World Health Assembly, acting as the executive organ of the World Health Assembly, performing any other functions entrusted to it by the World Health Assembly, and advising the World Health Assembly on questions referred to it by that body and on matters assigned to the organization by conventions, agreements, and regulations.

It also prepares the agenda of the World Health Assembly meetings, submits to the World Health Assembly for consideration and approval a general programme of work covering a specific period, studies all questions within its competence, etc.

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