Celebrating the World Health Day

HealthforAll

Universal health coverage is the way forward for a healthy nation

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.

World Health Day is celebrated every year on 7 April under the leadership of World Health Organisation (WHO) to create global health awareness. I welcome the theme "Universal health coverage: everyone, everywhere" that has been chosen by WHO and others.

He emphasised that for UHC to move forward there is need for political commitment, action by all sectors and prioritization of health as a human rights issue in measurable terms because "what is not reported or measured is not done".

He, however, identified strike by health workers as an impediment to the actualisation of Universal Health Coverage (UHC), saying "If workers are on strike the populace would not be able to receive the desired healthcare service".

World Health Organization clearly prompts the government to alleviate the financial budget associated with healthcare while making individual access to these services easier but have we noted any improvement? But every country can do something to advance UHC.

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


Mr Yeboah expressed the need to resource the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) to support Health Service Providers to enhance service delivery at health facilities.

Dr Asune urged the people not to allow poverty to deny them access to maternal and child health care, but to ensure they access health services promptly.

About 100 million people are being pushed into extreme poverty of less than 1.90 US dollars a day as a result of payments for health services, WHO figures revealed. Getting a proper medical treatment here often leaves the user with financial distress, prompting them to avoid receiving healthcare services until needed extremely. "UHC cuts across all of the health-related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and brings the hope of better health and protection for the world's poorest".

Health services must be planned around the needs of the people, she said, highlighting that by 2020 more of the Region's population will be over 60 than under-five.

The goal of UHC is to ensure people are protected from being pushed into poverty due to the cost of healthcare.

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