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Biden Renames Surgeon General Vivek Murthy To WHO Board

Biden Renames Surgeon General Vivek Murthy To WHO Board

Biden Renames Surgeon General Vivek Murthy To WHO Board

WASHINGTON, DC (IANS) – Surgeon General Vivek Murthy has been named again to serve as the US’s representative on the executive board of the World Health Organization (WHO) by President Joe Biden.

The 46-year-old’s nomination was re-sent as his confirmation to the position had been pending in the Senate since October 2022.

He will serve in his new position alongside his continued duties as the country’s Surgeon General, the White House said in a statement on January 8.

In March 2021, he was confirmed by the US Senate to serve as the 21st Surgeon General of the US and had previously served in the same post under then President Barack Obama.

As the Nation’s Doctor, the Surgeon General’s mission is to help lay the foundation for a healthier country, relying on the best scientific information available to provide clear, consistent, and equitable guidance and resources for the public, the White House noted.

The first Surgeon General of Indian descent, Murthy is focused on drawing attention to and working across governments to address several critical public health issues. This includes the growing proliferation of health misinformation, the ongoing youth mental health crisis, well-being and burnout in the health worker community, and social isolation and loneliness.

As the Vice Admiral of the US Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, Murthy also commands a uniformed service of over 6,000 dedicated public health officers, serving the most underserved and vulnerable populations.

Born to immigrant parents from Karnataka, Murthy was raised in Miami and is a graduate of Harvard, the Yale School of Medicine, and the Yale School of Management.

Before entering government service, Murthy co-founded VISIONS, a global HIV/AIDS education organization, and the Swasthya Project — a rural health partnership that trained women in South India to become community health workers and educators.

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  • Congratulations on such an important nomination. Keep it up, Dr. Murphy!

    January 10, 2024
  • Congratulations to Dr. Murthy ! Indians like him and the late Field Marshal Sam Hormusji Framji Jehangirji Maneckshaw make us proud for their honest professional conduct.

    January 10, 2024
  • Dr. Murthy is competent and knowledgeable, and yet humble. He also must be a good manager or else Biden would not have hired him as a Surgeon General or nominated him to be on the executive board of WHO. My only complaint is that he keeps too low a profile and rarely shows up on TV news programs. There is a lot people can learn him. Maybe he wants to stay away from the media to avoid getting attacked by the Republicans, but being a public servant one has to have enough testicular fortitude to confront one’s critics and address their criticisms.

    January 10, 2024

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