WHO celebrates 70th World Health Day

On the occasion of World Health Day, groups of people, organised by an insurance company took part in a rather unique initiative titled #JumpForHealth.

UN Secretary-General António Guterres also issued a message for World Health Day calling for health for all. The recently launched strategies addressing hepatitis C and transgender Hhealthcare are just two examples of the government's commitment to profoundly improve the quality of life of previously marginalised groups within our society.

"For Ghana to be able to make significant impact in the achievement of the Social Development Goals on health there is the urgent need to make health services free and fair to all including the grass root level", he stressed.

The WHO said that universal health coverage is not only about ensuring a minimum package of health services, but also about ensuring a progressive expansion of coverage of health services and financial protection as more resources become available.

The WHO has called on world leaders to commit to concrete steps to advance the health of all people.

"Health is a human right".

The World Health Organisation has said Nigeria's target of achieving Universal Health Coverage (UHC) through the revitalization of Primary Healthcare system by the year 2030 was still on course.

A total of 62 health camps were organised across Kashmir division.

However, Guterres noted that people around the world still lack vital health services.

Countries in the Region have committed to monitor who is not being covered by health services and why, and review annually progress on UHC and SDG3 health goal until 2030.

"Ultimately, universal health coverage is a political choice".

What World Health Day can do?

UHC means that all people and communities receive the health services they need without suffering financial hardship. World Health Organization and its partners will share examples of steps to take to get there through a series of events and conversations held at multiple levels. This is required to alleviate the financial costs associated with healthcare while making individual access to these services easier.

People have to spend over 65 percent of their entire health expenditure on their own, which estimates suggest pushes 5 percent of them into poverty every year.

  • Jon Douglas