New Delhi: India is looking forward to team up with WHO to build resilient health systems especially in developing nations, confirmed health minister J P Nadda. Ghebreyesus, a former Ethiopian minister of health, was elected as the next DG of the World Health Organisation yesterday and he became the first non-medical doctor and the first African tapped to lead the UN health agency. “India looks forward to working with the new Director- General of WHO to build a strong, resilient health system, especially in developing countries, to mitigate any vulnerability to health crisis,” Nadda said. Ghebreyesus was nominated by the Ethiopian government and will begin his five-year term on July 1. Nadda had earlier addressed the plenary meeting of the 70th World Health Assembly at Geneva. The Union health minister spoke on the theme Advancing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: building better systems for health. “India remains committed to ensuring quality and affordable healthcare for all. We have made strategic investments under the National Health Mission and the national disease control programmes. We are committed to further strengthening the health systems,” Nadda said. The minister said that Indias National Health Policy 2017 lays down the roadmap for various milestones and targets. “To translate the policy into affirmative action, we are working with the states, union territories, academicians and development partners.

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