India on Wednesday retained the top WHO position in South-East Asia Region with Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh 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.
Health Minister J P Nadda said, India is grateful for the unanimous support received from the Member States of the Region, evidenced by the un-contested election.
Mr Nadda 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 organization globally in programmatic and financial implementation.
He said further, 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.
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. (AIR)