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Tuesday, May 20, 2014 - 5.49 GMT

Minister Sirisena elected Vice President of World Health Assembly


Minister of Health Maithripala Sirisena has been elected as one of the Vice Presidents of the World Health Assembly, the decision-making body of World Health Organisation (WHO).

Minister Sirisena is leading the Sri Lankan delegation currently attending the sixty-seventh session of the World Health Assembly (WHA) taking place in Geneva during 19–24 May 2014.

Yesterday’s meeting was opened by Dr Shigeru Omi of Japan, President of the 66th World Health Assembly while delegates then elected a new president and officers.

The consensus election yesterday by 194 WHO member states chose the sole candidate, Cuban Health Minister Roberto Tomas Morales Ojeda to chair the 67th World Health Assembly.

Sri Lanka’s Minister of Health was named as one of the Vice Presidents.

The World Health Assembly is the decision-making body of WHO and is attended by delegations from all WHO Member States and focuses on a specific health agenda prepared by the Executive Board.

The main functions of the World Health Assembly are to determine the policies of the Organization, appoint the Director-General, supervise financial policies, and review and approve the proposed programme budget.

The Health Assembly is held annually in Geneva, Switzerland.






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