World Health Day today

Michele Moreno
April 8, 2018

Wondi Alemu, said this during the weekend during an interactive session with journalists in Abuja, to commemorate the 2018 World Health Day.

A regional consultation organised to mark the World Health Day 2018 by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Ramaiah Medical College made a strong call for ensuring universal health coverage (UHC).

According to health cabinet secretary Sicily Kariuki Kenya has already covered some milestones in offering free medicare to its citizens starting with the introduction of free maternal healthcare to the establishment of health insurance subsidy program.

"The 2018 theme is aimed at ensuring everyone; everywhere access essential quality health services without facing financial hardship".

The First World Assembly was held by the WHO in 1948.

Everyone everywhere has a right to benefit from health services they need without falling into poverty when using them.

This it does by educating people and raising their consciousness about specific health issues they might have overlooked.

More than 800 million people - around 12 per cent of the world's population - spends at least 10 per cent of their household budget to pay for healthcare.

It's also the impetus behind the current organisation-wide drive to support countries in moving towards Universal Health Coverage (UHC).

Morales stressed that Cuba has much to show to the world in terms of universal coverage, a theme that defines this year's campaign for the anniversary.

Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and Director of South Asian Affairs of WHO Dr. Poonam Khetrapal Singh will also be participating in the event.

Almost half of the WHO South-East Asia Region's population still lacks full coverage of essential health services.

UHC 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.

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

UHC is not just about health care and financing the health system of a country.

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