DHSK celebrates World Health Day

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Ladipo reaffirmed that this year's world health day was a unique opportunity for UHC2030 partners to engage in mobilising high-level attention and amplify the movement to accelerate progress toward UHC.

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.

The WHO's message is simple - people deserve access to healthcare without fearing financial hardships.

Dr Jemima Asune, the Medical Officer in charge of Obstetrics and Gynecology Department at the Health facility noted that health providers were agents of promoting good health and indicated that as health workers, they were committed to rendering quality health care to grass roots, especially to mothers and children. The day was first marked in 1949.

The World Health Organisation has said Nigeria's target of achieving Universal Health Coverage (UHC) through the revitalization of Primary Healthcare system by the year 2030 was still on course.

"They should ensure that everyone, no matter where they live or who they are can access essential quality health services without facing financial hardship".

Some countries have already made significant progress towards universal health coverage.

What we need to do is to ensure that the resources are channeled in a way that will bring equitable access to essential services.

Uganda is slowly but surely moving toward achieving Universal Health Coverage (UHC) which is the cornerstone for the attainment of Sustainable Development Goal 3 on the global development agenda.

This year, World Health Day is dedicated to one of WHO's founding principles: "The enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health is one of the fundamental rights of every human being without distinction of race, religion, political belief, economic or social condition".

UHC is key to people's and nations' health and well-being. But every country can do something to advance UHC. A particular health-related theme is chosen every year and varieties of programs related to it are organised on global and national levels.

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

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