Narendra Modi wishes people on World Health Day

Katrina Barker
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.

Olawepo said the call became imperative since the National Health Insurance Scheme was not presently covering greater percentage of Nigerians particularly those in the private sector.

For one to access health services at each level there is a good referral system from one level to the next. The day was first marked in 1949.

WHO is going to maintain a high-profile focus on UHC via a series of events through 2018, starting on World Health Day on 7 April with global and local conversations about ways to achieve "Health for All".

"Universal health coverage is central to improving health and well-being - a fundamental human right".

Some countries have already made significant progress towards UHC.

Why Universal health coverage matters?

According to the 2014-2015 figures, 2.43% of India's GDP comes from the medical expenses spent by patients amounting to Rs 3,02,425 crore whereas government only spends 1.1% of GDP on the health sector, which amounts to Rs 1,39,949 crore, that is only 29% of India's total health expense.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has urged political leaders to ensure that all citizens, no matter where they live or who they are, can access quality healthcare services without facing financial hardship. Patients who come in for treatment in the OPDs complain of lack of doctors claiming that their turn for checkup comes after several hours, and at times, even after a day.

UHC does not mean free coverage for all possible health interventions, regardless of the cost, as no country can provide all services free of charge on a sustainable basis.

Over the past seven decades, since its foundation in 1948, WHO has spearheaded efforts to rid the world of killer diseases and fight against deadly habits, like tobacco use.

He also highlighted, among other results, the elimination of immune-preventable diseases such as malaria and the certification and re-certification for two more years of the elimination of the mother-child vertical transmission of HIV and congenital syphilis.

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

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