Uruguay’s Minister of Public Health Daniel Salinas He was nominated by his country’s government as a candidate for the post of President of the Pan American Health Organization (Pan American Health Organization). Elections will be held at the 30th Pan American Health Conference, which will take place September 26-30, 2022. The position will be appointed in February 2023.
At the PAHO conference there will be representatives of member states and participating countries, who They are elected by secret ballot from among the candidates who ran for the presidency of the commission. It can be submitted until May 1 and the person with the most votes will be chosen.
within South America, Countries such as Mexico, Panama and Brazil plan to nominate their candidates. In the latter case, it concerns Garbas Barbosa, the current deputy director of the Pan American Health Organization.
According to the contact team of the Ministry of Public Health, the request was submitted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and From the State Department, a letter was sent to Uruguayan embassies in PAHO member countries asking them to help promote Minister Salinas’ candidacy in those regions. The newspaper reported that the campaign does not expect the president to leave office before the elections. observer.
Only if he is elected director of the organization will the minister leave his position in public health in Uruguay. Although he has no plans to carry out the ministry campaign He added that he intends to make a series of visits to different countries in order to promote the candidacywhich will be delivered in due course,” stated the document sent to the embassies.
There also highlights the “minister”‘s long career in the medical field, with great experience as a manager of highly complex and dedicated health companies.
If Salinas is elected head of the organization, she will replace Carissa F. Etienne, the woman from the Dominican Republic who is leading the PAHO for the second consecutive term. He will continue to lead an organization representing 51 countries and territories from its headquarters in Washington, DC, USA.
I will be too Coordination with its 27 offices in the countries of the region and its three specialized centers. The goal of the PAHO, as stated on its website, is to be the executive and coordinating arm of the World Health Organization in the Americas. It “provides technical cooperation in the health field to its member states, combats infectious diseases, attacks chronic diseases and their causes, strengthens health systems and responds to emergencies and disasters.”
Minister Daniel Salinas has criticized the actions of the World Health Organization and the Pan American Health Organization during the pandemic. He questioned the management of the Kovacs mechanism to ensure the distribution of vaccines against Covid in South America. In April 2021, he expressed his “unease and disgust” regarding the body for “not doing the job”.
A little more than two years after taking office as minister, in February 2022, Salinas spoke about Uruguay’s situation regarding the COVID-19 virus and how the country has performed in his administration. He attributed the increase in deaths recorded in 2021 to the virus, mentioned newspaper. He explained that deaths from cancer, heart, circulatory and respiratory diseases, in addition to infant mortality and teenage pregnancy, have decreased.
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