Too many people are now missing out on health coverage


On the occasion of World Health Day, which is observed across the globe on Saturday (April 7), Prime Minister Narendra Modi has wished the countrymen.

Health minister Pratap Jena said: "Our aim is to make Odisha a blind-free state in the next five years".

A person devoid of anger and frustration is also free from psychosomatic disorder, he added. I welcome the theme "Universal health coverage: everyone, everywhere" that has been chosen by WHO and others.

In 1948, the First World Health Assembly proposed the establishment of a World Health Day to commemorate the founding of WHO and urge governments, organizations and companies to invest in health to forge a safer future. For his part, WHO's director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus insisted that health is a fundamental human right. He asserted that people should not experience any financial hardship while getting quality medical service.

Universal health coverage means everyone has access to vital health services and covers the full spectrum of essential services - disease prevention, good health promotion, treatment, rehabilitation and palliation. Access to essential quality care and financial protection not only enhances people's health and life expectancy, it also protects countries from epidemics, reduces poverty and the risk of hunger, creates jobs, drives economic growth and enhances gender equality.

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

UN Secretary-General António Guterres also issued a message for World Health Day calling for health for all.

He directed the Health and Family Welfare Department and the Collectors to closely monitor these initiatives to ensure that the benefits reach all the people of the State.

World Health Day will shine a spotlight on the need for Universal Health Coverage (UHC) - and the advantages it can bring.