Mr Bhanu Pratap Sharma, health secretary, department of health and family welfare.
In a recent bureaucratic reshuffle by the Modi government on February 01, 2015, the senior IAS officer, Mr Bhanu Pratap Sharma has been appointed as health secretary in the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
Mr Sharma, a 1981 batch IAS officer of Bihar cadre, is at present establishment officer and special secretary in the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT).
His predecessor, Mr Lov Verma, a 1978 batch IAS officer of Uttar Pradesh cadre has been given the responsibility of Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities as a secretary. It is important to note that he has only one year left to his retirement. He had recently expressed his desire to achieve 'Immunization Mission 2020' health goals during an event ‘PEDICON' event by the Indian Academy of Pediatrics. His transfer is apparently being taken as a step towards replacement of bureaucrats appointed by the previous regime.
New health secretary reviews swine flu situation
Recently on February 03, Mr B P Sharma reviewed preparedness of the states affected with H1N1 to manage the situation, here today. Mr Sharma held a video conference meeting with senior health officials of states of Telangana, Kerala, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Rajasthan, West Bengal and Uttar Pradesh, and with officials of government of Delhi.