The Health Minister of Azerbaijan, Oktay Shiraliyev, participates at the 120th session of the Executive Committee of the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva, Trend reports quoting the Ministry. The Executive Committee comprises of 34 members, qualified in the health sphere. The member-states are elected for three years. The main function of the Executive Committee is to realize the decisions and policy of the Health Assembly, provide it with consultation and general assistance in its activities. The meeting of the WHO Executive Committee focuses on several questions of the public health, including fight against tuberculosis, bird and pandemic flu, etc. The meeting was opened by the new Director General of the WHO, Margaret Chen. The session will last till 30 January 2007.
Shiraliyev had participated at the 59th session of the World Health Assembly in Geneva and 118th meeting of the WHO Executive Committee in May 2006. Within the visit, the Azerbaijan Minister signed a Memorandum of Understanding between Azerbaijan and WHO. The document had been signed by Shiraliyev and WHO Director Europe, Mark Danzon. The document envisages key priorities, reforms and plan of measures in the health sphere of Azerbaijan.