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WHO stresses on prioritising universal health coverage

08 April 2018, 01:24 | Damon Campbell

World Health Day 2018: Universal Health Care for all

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"On the World Health Day, we must reflect on and resolve to work towards achieving UHC, to change the lives of millions of people across the Region and beyond".

Ladipo further called for collaborative efforts of government and stakeholders to ensure improved access to quality healthcare services by the populace.

Twitterati including politicians, health experts, influencers is tweeting about the importance of the day trying to raise awareness about good health.

TODAY is the 70th anniversary of World Health Day, and this year the World Health Organisation's focus is on Universal Health Coverage. The day was first marked in 1949. "Universal Health Coverage: everyone, everywhere" is the theme of the celebration this year.

Mr Yeboah underscored human health as very paramount to development, adding that they would go the extra mile to meet the health needs of the people of Ghana.

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.

Since then, the United Nations chief said, the world has made progress in health care with global life expectancy expanding by 23, the eradication of smallpox and polio on its way out.

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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.

Jacqueline Weekers, Director of the Migration Health Division at IOM said, "Without migrants, including internally displaced people, universal health coverage would not be truly universal".

Incurring catastrophic expenses for health care is a global problem.

The key message of the Director-General of WHO on World Health Day: "No one should have to choose between death and financial hardship".

The UN General Assembly on Dec 12 in 2012 adopted a resolution emphasising health as a critical element in worldwide development. In high-income countries, government domestic funding as a share of current health expenditure rose from 66 to 70 percent, and in middle-income countries it rose from 48 to 51 percent.

In 2015, the world spent 7.3 trillion US dollars on health, representing close to 10 percent of global GDP.



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