Delegates from 105 countries attended the opening session in New Delhi, Feb 7, of the 14th World Health Assembly.
GV.& LV. Delegates arrive at Vigyan Bhavan.
SV. Delegates arrive.
SCU. British High Commissioner arrives.
CU. Senegal delegates.
CU. Soviet delegates.
CU. Canadian delegates.
SCU. British delegates.
SCU. Swiss and Swedish delegates.
CU. Chinese delegates.
GV. Assembly applaud.
LV. Dr Karmarkar speaks.
LV. Nehru, Dr Turbott and Mr-Candan, Director-General of the W.H.O.
SCU & LV. Dr Turbott speaks.
SV. Assembly applaud.
CU. Nehru speaks.
GV's. Two shots - Assembly applaud.
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Background: Delegates from 105 countries attended the opening session in New Delhi, Feb 7, of the 14th World Health Assembly. Premier Nehru inaugurated the 18-day conference, held for the first time in Asia.
Mr Nehru complimented the United Nations World Health Organization on its impressive record of achievements during the past 13 years. Much had been possible because the organization had kept itself away from political conflicts, and dealt with problems in a spirit for common community.
Dr Karmarkar, the Indian Health Minister, welcomed the delegates and United Nations observers. Dr H.B. Turbott, president of the assembly, said 1960 had proved that the organization could act constructively, not only in its routine global task but also in the case of the Congo, which did not have a single Congolese doctor when independence a was granted to the territory.
The organization's war against major pestilences had continued, he said. Progress against smallpox, though slow, was apparent. In the battle against yaws - a tropical disease - they were about half way, with 100 million suffers examined and 40 million given treatment. But in some of the member states the infant mortality rate was still about 200 in 1,000 births, compared with a drop to 20 in more developed countries. Achieving the higher standard all over the world would mean that each year 16 million children under one year of age, who now died, would survive.