Kenya’s acting Health Director-General Patrick Amoth has been appointed as World Health Organisation Executive Board chairman in Geneva.
The union’s Health Minister, Dr Harsh Vardhan, made the announcement on Wednesday during the board’s 149th session.
Dr Vardhan, India’s Health minister, said the decision was reached after no objection was made during his nomination to the post.
“A deeply rewarding journey came to its conclusion today as I completed my tenure as Chair of 149th Session,” he said.
The board is charged with determining the budget programmes and activities of the world health assembly and is composed of 34 persons who are technically qualified in the field of health, each designated by a member state that has been elected to serve by the World Health Assembly.
“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,” Amoth said.
“I also take this opportunity to especially thank the member states of the African region for nominating Kenya to serve in this capacity,” he added.
The Ministry of Health said Amoth will hold the position for the next one year.
In May last year, Amoth was unanimously elected Vice President of the board.
Amoth has been the face of technical communication on Covid-19 pandemic in Kenya.
He previously served as chief medical specialist (obstetrics/gynecology)/ senior deputy director of medical services at Mama Lucy Kibaki Hospital Nairobi.
Amoth committed to representing Kenya with dignity at the international health agency.
Cherangany MP Joshua Kutuny tweeted, “ Congratulations Acting DG for Health Dr Patrick Amoth for being elected as President of WHO Executive Board in Geneva. With your long-term experience in the field of Health, we believe your contribution in WHO will be felt worldwide especially at this time of the Covid-19 pandemic”.