New Delhi: Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan arrived to attend the 72nd session of the World Health Organisation (WHO) South East Asia Regional Office (SEARO) meet on Tuesday riding a bicycle.

The Minister left his residence around 6 a.m. and was at the venue, Hyatt Hotel, in 30 minutes.

Inaugurating the week-long event on Monday, Harsh Vardhan had told the gathering: "Universal health for all, a disease-free India and global standards of excellence in healthcare, is our aim for a new India."

Among those participating in the meet are eight Health Ministers from 11 countries of the WHO South-East Asian Region (SEAR), Union Health Secretary Preeti Sudan and WHO South-East Asia Regional Director Poonam Khetrapal Singh.

This is the second time India is hosting the WHO Regional Committee meeting.