Dr Harsh Vardhan, @drharshvardhan – Union Minister for Health & Family Welfare:
- Today, I held a meeting with key central & state health functionaries & Sr officials of the @WHO on the containment measures for #COVID19 in India via Video Conference.
- Over 1000 WHO Polio TB NTD field surveillance staff & state officials were present in this meeting.
- Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, Regional Director, @WHOSEARO , Mr Henk Bekedam, WHO Rep To India & Mr @AshwiniKChoubey , MoS @MoHFW_INDIA were also present.
- The key discussion points included engagement of @WHOSEARO field personnel for strengthening #COVID19 surveillance by leveraging the Integrated Health Information Platform & Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme.
- In my interaction with @WHO field staff, I recalled how I had successfully tapped their skills, energy & experience in my polio eradication mission.
- I thanked them for joining me once again, this time in #COVID2019 containment & exhorted them to work closely with all stakeholders