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Union Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan chairs 74th World Health Assembly

Union Health and Family Welfare Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan today chaired the 74th World Health Assembly. Director-General of the World Health Organisation Dr Tedros was also present on the occasion.

Chairman of WHO Executive Board Dr Harsh Vardhan noted that the Board called for further efforts to ensure fair and equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines through the COVAX Facility. He said, the Board engaged in discussions on COVID-19 impact on global health. The Board noted various measures taken by the members and underscored the importance of guaranteeing equitable access to COVID-19 medicines and vaccines. The Board recommended that the 74th World Health Assembly must consider the report on mental health preparedness and response for the COVID-19 pandemic. It also recommended endorsing the updated comprehensive Mental Health Action Plan for the period of 2013 to 2030.

The Board also encouraged WHO to work closely with the World Organisation for Animal Health and the Food and Agriculture Organisation to identify the zoonotic source of the virus. Dr. Harsh Vardhan has said, the Board decided to encourage Member States to take further action to address diabetes as a public health problem. He said, the Board has recommended that the 74th World Health Assembly should adopt a decision to present a road map for the global action plan for prevention and control of non-communicable diseases till the year 2030.

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