Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, regional director, WHO South-East Asia
In her exclusive interview with BioSpectrum's Raj Gunashekar, she shares some of her top priorities that she believes needs to be immediately tackled in the current Indian public health scenario.
According to her, India is facing a double burden of both communicable and noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) because of globalization and changing lifestyles.
She observes that prevention and control of neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) contributes significantly towards Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) thereby improving social and economic well-being.
Dr Poonam is also of the opinion that in order to accelerate the health outcomes in India, it must bolster its planning, regulation and monitoring of health services for better oversight and stewardship.
She also adds that WHO uses its regional and global network to enhance bi-lateral collaborations when requested by countries.