Dr Sania Nishter best candidate for DG WHO : Tarar

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APP77-23 GENEVA: January 23 - Minister of State for National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination Mrs. Saira Afzal Tarar flanked by Dr. Sania Nishter Pakistan Candidate for DG WHO and Tehmina Janjua Pakistan Permanent Representative in UN Geneva addressing an election campaign event in UN Geneva. APP

ISLAMABAD, Jan 23 (APP): In the run up to first round of elections
to the position of Global Chief of World Health Organization, Minister for
National Health Services Saira Afzal Tarar speaking at a campaign event
organized by Pakistan mission in Geneva to vote for Pakistan’s candidate based purely on her merits.
She said Dr Sania Nishter was the most technically qualified candidate
being an eminent Public Health Specialist of international standing, says a fax message received here from Geneva.
She said that Dr Nishter has served on various UN and WHO bodies and has the insight in to how reform can be effected to revamp the organization.
In these times where the world is hit by refugee crisis in several
parts and major public health challenges, only a top public health leader can make WHO more responsive to public health events of concern, she added.
It is pertinent to mention here that the first round of voting is being held in Geneva where a 34 member WHO Executive Board is voting to short list candidates from among the six.
Pakistan has fielded its candidate besides five other countries for the prestigious position. A recent pre poll survey has shown Pakistan leading in the race by a wide margin.
The short listed candidates would go in to second round of elections
scheduled for May 2017 wherein the next DG or global head of WHO would be elected.