WHO celebrates 70th World Health Day

Gov't, WHO partner to spearhead attainment of universal healthcare

"The federal government has endorsed the UHC framework, the onus lies with the media to let the people know that quality health care is their right".

At least half of the world's people is now unable to obtain essential health services.

In his welcome address, Kommariah, called for focus on increasing the life expectancy by adding good health to the lives of people and promoting healthier living habits.

This year, the theme was "Universal Health Coverage: Everyone, Everywhere" with the slogan "Health for All".

Dr Khetrapal Singh said more efforts are needed to increase human resources for health, enhance skills of health workers and aid staff retention in the rural and hard-to-reach area, to ensure quality health services are available for everyone, everywhere.

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

The presence of community health workers known as Health Surveillance Assistants (HSA) is also a clear indication that Malawi is indeed in support of the universal health coverage.

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He reaffirmed the organisation's commitment to supporting member states to achieve UHC, saying, "we have developed a framework of actions to assist countries in selecting their own path towards achieving both UHC and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)".

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina also pledged to achieve universal health coverage by 2032 at the 64th World Health Assembly in 2011.

According to the WHO, healthcare services are severely lacking in at least half the world.

The organisation aims to extend health coverage to more than one billion people by 2023. 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.

The WHO's message is simple - people deserve access to healthcare without fearing financial hardships. "No one should have to choose between buying medicine and buying food".

In the Eastern Mediterranean Region (EMR), where Pakistan also falls, 40% of health expenditure comes directly from people's pockets; people on low incomes and without social protection are the hardest hit.

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