Uganda on right path to achieving Universal Health Coverage

Randolph Lopez
April 8, 2018

He was speaking on Saturday during the launch of the International World Health Organisation Day at Bawku in the Upper East Region.

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.

It was in 1948, the WHO held the First World Health Assembly. "It is also imperative for a country's well-being as healthier populations create more productive economies", said Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, Regional Director of WHO South-East Asia, on the occasion of the World Health Day celebrated on April 7, every year.

The 2018 theme for World Health Day is Universal Health Coverage (UHC).

"Health is a human right".

Universal health coverage is about ensuring all people can get quality health services, where and when they need them, without suffering financial hardship.

Since then, the United Nations chief said, the world has made progress in health care with global life expectancy expanding by 23, the eradication of smallpox and polio on its way out.

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

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The theme of this year's celebration of global health is "Good Health Adds Life To Years". But every country can do something to advance UHC.

Incurring catastrophic expenses for health care is a global problem.

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

Statements like - therapy is the answer to medical issues, is credited to the World Health Organisation, which is dedicated to extensive studies and research across the globe to foster knowledge and encourage preventive techniques from health problem.

Dr. Alemu also tasked the Nigerian media to persist in advocating for universal health coverage for all citizens, saying that it was important the media enlightened the masses on their rights to demand quality health services.

Experience has illustrated, time and again, that Universal Health Coverage is achieved when political will is strong.

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

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