Everyone, everywhere — Universal health coverage

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"No one should get sick and die just because they are poor, or because they can not access the health service they need", said WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus in a message ahead of the annual April 7 observance, which is the foundation day of the now 70 year old UN's health agency.

This year's theme is "Universal Health Coverage: Everyone, Everywhere".

A person devoid of anger and frustration is also free from psychosomatic disorder, he added.

So in this 70th anniversary year, WHO is calling on world leaders to live up to the pledges they made when they agreed the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) in 2015, and commit to concrete steps to advance the health of all people.

He urged the pachayats and zilla panchayats to generate awareness among public about it.

The IMA also conducted blood donation camp at Anurag Hospital here as part of the World Health Day events.

Universal health means that all people and communities have access, without prejudice, to health services without having to be exposed to financial difficulties, he commented.


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".

Countries that invest in Universal Health Coverage (UHC) make a sound investment in their human capital.

The theme of this year's World Health Day is: Universal health coverage: everyone, everywhere.

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

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

"The National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) will be used by the government as a tool to promote and provide access to quality health services to citizens no matter where they are".

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

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