Ministry of Health Director-General Dr Patrick Amoth has been elected as vice president of the World Health Organization executive board. The Kenyan doctor was elected to represent Africa during a virtual meeting held by the world health assembly.
The news of his appointment was confirmed by the Ministry of health through their official twitter page as they congratulated him on this new role.
— Ministry of Health (@MOH_Kenya) May 22, 2020
In his new assignment, Dr Amoth together with other four vice presidents will be tasked with determining the budgets, programmes and activities of the world health assembly.
The team will be expected to offer their services for a period of two years, ending 2022.The Ministry of Health Director-General will serve under Dr Harsh Vardhan of India.
The DG has a strong medical background considering that he graduated from the University of Nairobi with a master of medicine degree in Obstetrics/Gynaecology. Before his role at the ministry of health, Dr Amoth served as chief medical specialist (obstetrics/gynaecology)/ senior deputy director of medical services at Mama Lucy Kibaki Hospital Nairobi.
He is among the medical professionals who have been on the frontline to help in the fight against COVID-19 in the country and has been part of the team that addresses the nation in regard to coronavirus updates ever since Kenya recorded its first case.
Through his social media platform, Amoth has played a major role in creating awareness about coronavirus by participating in a weekly live chat with social media users.
His appointment comes at a time when coronavirus cases in Kenya are on a rise with over 1000 cases and 50 deaths recorded.