Gov't, World Health Organization partner to spearhead attainment of universal healthcare

HealthforAll

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".

The First World Assembly was held by the WHO in 1948.

"The 2018 theme is aimed at ensuring everyone; everywhere access essential quality health services without facing financial hardship".

The WHO has called on world leaders to commit to concrete steps to advance the health of all people.

UHC has become a buzzword in the health sector as WHO and the World Bank are promoting this as a way of preventing people from falling into poverty due to heavy out-of-pocket expenditure during medical treatment.

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

Bawku - The General Manager for the Bawku Presbyterian Hospital, Mr Effa Yeboah, has pledged the commitment of health workers to deliver quality health care to the people.

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In this sense, a statement published by the WHO confirms that actions are needed from all sectors of society to address poverty, social injustice, education deficit and unhealthy housing, among other factors that influence health status of people.

"Health Is A Human Right".

"So, the media have a role to play in Nigeria's drive to achieve Universal Health Coverage by 2030 through sensitisation of the masses to recognise their right to request and also use the health services that has been made available to them", the WHO Country Rep added.

In areas where there are no government facilities but private or Christian Health Association facilities, service level agreement has been signed to make sure that people access free services from such a facility.

Why Universal health coverage matters?

UHC includes the full spectrum of essential, quality health services, from health promotion to prevention, treatment, rehabilitation, and palliative care. "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".

"UHC is feasible and can be achieved progressively, sometimes with rapid, ground-breaking strides; sometimes via gradual though crucial reform".

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