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

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"Universal Health Coverage: everyone, everywhere" is the theme of the celebration this year.

The address will be carried on ZIZ Radio (95.9, 96.1 and 96.9 FM) at 7:30 a.m. and 12:30 pm Saturday.

World Health Day is celebrated every year on 7 April under the leadership of World Health Organisation (WHO) to create global health awareness.

Last year, the theme for the day was Depression: Let's Talk, which aimed at speaking to people about depression and breaking the taboo which is associated with depression and mental health. In richer countries in Europe, Latin America and parts of Asia, which have achieved high levels of access to health services, increasing numbers of people are spending at least 10 per cent of their household budgets on out-of-pocket health expenses.

Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and Director of South Asian Affairs of WHO Dr. Poonam Khetrapal Singh will also be participating in the event.

Universal Health Coverage (UHC) refers to the providing of essential healthcare services to a person while ensuring that the use of these does not expose the user to financial distress.

For decades, the World Health Organization with other world stakeholders and donor agencies has supported Sri Lanka in various aspects of improving maternal, child health, nutrition and health care to increase the health of the country's population.

Universal health coverage (UHC) is a flagship programme of WHO in the Region since 2014.

He said the organization has become very progressive and vibrant, especially under the new Director General.

UHC is not just about health care and financing the health system of a country.

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. In addition it will be used to develop the tourism in the country.

The gazette notification prohibiting the sale of cigarettes within 100 meters of school premises will also be issued to mark the World Health Day.

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