Nepal fields candidacy for director at WHO’s Southeast Asia Regional Office

The government of Nepal has fielded the candidacy of country's senior public health expert Dr Shambhu Prasad Acharya for the Southeast Asia Regional Director of the World Health Organization (WHO).

Talking to the Rastriya Samachar Samiti (RSS) on Sunday, Dr Acharya, contender for the post, said that Nepal will vie with another candidate from Bangladesh in the election for the post slated to be held on October 31.

The voter countries are India, Maldives, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Thailand, Myanmar, Nepal, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Sri Lanka, Timor-Leste (aka East Timnor) and Bhutan.

Dr Acharya urged Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal 'Prachanda' to send a request letter to voting countries to cast their votes in favor of Nepal in the upcoming election.

The sexagenarian public health professional with decades of international experience in the health sector expressed his sincere gratitude to Prime Minister Dahal for selecting him in the competition to represent the country.

He was confident that Minister for Foreign Affairs Narayan Prasad Saud, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Nepal's Permanent Missions to the United Nations in Geneva and New York would do the needful through diplomatic channels in favour of candidacy of Nepal to the post and viewed that Nepal should not miss such an important opportunity come up in 20 years.

Source: National News Agency Nepal