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Maldivian delegation participates in World Health Assembly

Mariyam Malsa
18 May 2020, MVT 22:25
Minister of Health Abdulla Ameen virtually participating in the 73rd World Health Assembly. PHOTO: MINISTRY OF HEALTH
Mariyam Malsa
18 May 2020, MVT 22:25

Minister of Health Abdulla Ameen, on Monday, led the Maldivian delegation during the opening of the 73rd World Health Assembly.

Due to the constraints presented by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the World Health Assembly is being held virtually for the first time in the World Health Organisation (WHO)'s history.

The main focus of the assembly, which is scheduled to run from May 18 to 19, will be deliberating on the global response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

A total of 194 WHO member states are to participate in this year's assembly.

Before the two-day assembly concludes, health ministers from member nations will endorse an agreement concerning the pandemic, and finalise whether to reconvene the assembly later in 2020.

In addition to Minister Ameen, the Maldivian delegation consists of leading ministry officials, doctors in the COVID-19 Technical Advisory Group and members of the Maldivian mission in Geneva.

The World Health Assembly is the decision making body of WHO, and is attended by delegations from all WHO member states. The assembly is usually held annually over the course of a week in Geneva, Switzerland.