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Key messages for World Health Day 2018

08 April 2018

The address will be carried on ZIZ Radio (95.9, 96.1 and 96.9 FM) at 7:30 a.m. and 12:30 pm Saturday.

As the world celebrates the World Health Day today, World Health Organization (WHO) has stressed the need for everyone to access health services.

This year's theme - Universal Health Coverage: Everyone, Everywhere - shall force you to ponder upon its applicability in India.

"Health is a human right".

"Universal health coverage is central to improving health and well-being - a fundamental human right", said Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, Regional Director of WHO South-East Asia, on the occasion of the Day. A particular health-related theme is chosen every year and varieties of programs related to it are organised on global and national levels.

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In addition, the country has a health sector monitoring and supervision framework, and an elaborate and well spread health infrastructure at all levels of national and local government administration.

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Domestic public financing is the predominant source to achieve universal health coverage.

Cristian Morales, representative on the island of the world (WHO) and Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), praised the comparable Cuban indicators with results from more developed nations, especially the infant mortality rate that registered four per one thousand born alive in 2017, the lowest in the Americas region.

According to him, more than 90 per cent of Nigerians can hardly afford payment for their health needs and lack access to the NHlS scheme.

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Dr Aceng singled out the Community Health Extension Workers strategy yet to be implemented but that has been well planned to contribute significantly to UHC.

At least half the world's people do not receive the essential health services they need.

It includes the full spectrum of essential, quality health services, from health promotion to prevention, treatment, rehabilitation, and palliative care.

Malawi government has also outlined the health care interventions available to all Malawians, free at the point of access with the aim of achieving universal free access to quality health care irrespective of ability to pay.

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Key messages for World Health Day 2018