Ministry of Health and Family Welfare
Mr. Lav Agarwal is an officer of Indian Administrative Service (IAS). He is a Mechanical Engineer from Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi subsequent to which he joined IAS and is allotted to the state cadre of Andhra Pradesh.
He is presently on deputation to Government of India and is posted as Joint Secretary to Government, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and has given responsibility of handling national and International operations which includes Digital Health & Telemedicine, National Centre for Disease Control, Climate Change & Health, Health Emergencies, Anti-Microbial Resistance and Rabies Control Program, Zoonotic diseases and Disease Surveillance for the country besides being incharge for overall International Health and Cooperation on behalf of Ministry of Health .
The COVID-19 outbreak has proven to be the biggest public health challenge of present time. Being Nodal officer for Health Emergencies of India, He is responsible for providing supervisory guidance and has coordinated a proactive, pre-emptive and graded response to COVID-19 outbreak, as per evolving scenario.
Previously, he has worked in various capacities since last two decade in his cadre state of Andhra Pradesh. He served in various departments which includes: Health, Election Commission, Power Distribution, Education, Youth Services and Sports, Housing and Disaster Management.