DAILY POST reports that the World Health Day is marked every April 8, and this year's theme is: "Universal health coverage (UHC): everyone, everywhere".
First celebrated in the year 1950, this day also marks the establishment of World Health Organization. every year there is a specific theme and variety of programs are being conducted or organized on worldwide and national levels.
"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.
Ilorin - The Kwara chapter of the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) on Saturday urged the Federal Government to commence the full implementation of the National Health, to enhance access to healthcare services by all Nigerians.
The General Manager stated that the hospital was strategically located at the Bawku zone which served six districts in the area including the neighbouring countries of Burkina Faso and Togo, announcing plans to retool the hospital with the needed logistics, staff, to boost health care delivery.
"Universal health coverage is a political choice". As many as 55.5 million people across the region face financial hardship as a result of out-of-pocket health expenditure; and as many as 7.7 million are pushed into poverty due to these costs.
UHC has also become a central element in the adoption of the SDGs as good health underlies all aspects of development and this is reflected in Goal 3.8.
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.
The goal of UHC is to ensure people are protected from being pushed into poverty due to the cost of healthcare.
"No one should have to choose between death and financial hardship". We all know that some resources and services like immunisation are available for free but they are not been enjoyed by the people because they don't even know about them.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has wished the people best health and new heights of growth on World Health Day.
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.
Why Universal health coverage matters?