The acting Director-General of Health, Dr Patrick Amoth, has been elected as vice-chairperson of World Health Organisation’s (WHO) executive board for a period of two years.
Dr Amoth will serve under Dr Harsh Vardhan, India’s Minister of Health, who is the chair of the executive board.
He will work alongside Björn Kümmel (Germany), Volda Lawrence (Guyana), Ahmed Mohammed Al Saidi (Oman) and Dr Amelia Afuha’amango Tu’ipulotu (Tonga), who were also elected as members to the executive board.
Dr Amoth holds with a Master of Medicine (MMed) degree in Obstetrics/Gynaecology from the University of Nairobi.
He previously served as the chief medical specialist (obstetrics/gynaecology)/senior deputy director of medical services at Mama Lucy Kibaki Hospital in Nairobi.
From April 2012 to October 2013, he was Chief Medical Specialist at Machakos Level 5 Hospital. In December 2011, he became a senior medical specialist in Obstetrics/Gynaecology at Kiambu District Hospital until March 2012.
From September 2001 to November 2011, he was District Medical Services Officer for Kiambu East and West. In October 2008, he became Medical Superintendent of Kiambu District Hospital and served in the same capacity for seven years until November 2011.
Between 1997 and February 2001, he was Chief Medical Specialist (Obstetrics and Gynecology) at the Department of Obstetrics/Gynaecology- University of Nairobi/Kenyatta National Hospital.
He also worked at Provincial General Hospital in Kisumu from 1993 to 1997, where his duties included offering curative services and teaching junior doctors and nurses.