Health Director General Patrick Amoth elected to top WHO post

Acting Health Director General Dr Patrick Amoth/ COURTESY

Acting Health Director-General Patrick Amoth  has unanimously been elected Vice President of the Executive Board of World Health Organization.

Amoth, although yet to be confirmed in his position, has been the face of technical communication on Covid-19 pandemic during daily coronavirus press conferences at Afya House.

He has also been hosting a question and answer session on Twitter under ‘Lets’s Converse’, where he responds to questions on government response to Covid-19.

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.

I am overwhelmed & deeply grateful for your support & kind words on my election as Vice President of @WHO Executive Board. My sincere gratitude also to @MOH_Kenya led by CS Mutahi Kagwe, for their confidence in me. I will endeavor to represent Kenya with dignity & honor. Asante!” Amoth tweeted.

The board to which he has been appointed  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.

WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus congratulated him, saying he looks forward to his contribution to the organisation.

Congratulations @DrPatrickAmoth on your new role as the @WHO Executive Board Vice President. I look forward to working with you for a healthier, safer world. #EB147 ,” Tedros tweeted on Saturday.

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