IMA congratulates Union Health Minister Shri JP Nadda on taking over as President of 68th World Health Assembly

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The Indian Medical Association (IMA) congratulates Union Health and Family Welfare Minister Shri JP Nadda on taking over as the President of the 68th Session of the World Health Assembly being held from May 18 to May 26 at Geneva.

IMA believes that it is a matter of great honour for our country, and IMA in particular, to assume presidency of this prestigious global health event that plays a decisive role in context of global health initiatives to prevent and cure various diseases. The health minister’s projection of India’s position on various global health issues has drawn positive response globally which is a matter of great pride.

The Presidential Address articulated India’s stand aptly by highlighting the importance of Yoga and emphasising the need to adopt a healthy lifestyle to improve health globally.

The contribution of 2.1 million US dollars to the World Health Organization (WHO) reflects India’s commitment to WHO and has helped to establish the role of India as a global leader in health.

India has assumed presidency of the prestigious World Health Assembly, the decision making body of the WHO, after a gap of 19 years.

A special photo exhibition on Yoga – “Yoga for All, Yoga for Health” was also organised at Geneva on the initiative of the Union health Ministry. Such an event on Yoga, an ancient Indian tradition, has happened for the first time at a prestigious global platform creating history.

Last year in December, the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution led by India, with co-sponsorship from 177 countries, to observe 21st June as the International day of Yoga.

Prof. Dr. A. Marthanda Pillai                             Prof.       Dr. K. K. Aggarwal
National President, IMA.                                    Honorary Secretary General, IMA.