DHSK celebrates World Health Day 2018

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Along with the rest of the world, Nagaland also observes World Health Day 2018 on the theme "Universal health coverage: everyone, everywhere". We have chosen residents within the age bracket of 30 to 65 years.

According to WHO, at least half the world's population do not have coverage for full essential health services, with about 100 million people living on $1.90 or less a day because they have to pay for health care. If countries are to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) target, one billion more people need to benefit from Universal Health Coverage (UHC) by 2023.

The Portuguese diplomat remembered that the World Health Organization (WHO) was founded upon the principle that health is one of the fundamental rights of every human being.

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

World Health Organization (WHO) has chose to observe World Health Day on April 7 to create awareness in the public on their right to the highest possible health standards and achievement of the same.

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Some countries have already made significant progress towards universal health coverage. The World Health Day focuses on ensuring that all can access essential health services.

However, Guterres noted that people around the world still lack vital health services.

"The main aim of carrying out this exercise is not just to encourage all citizens to live healthy lives but remind the Federal Government of its responsibility at ensuring availability of health services to all through the Universal Health Coverage".

"Health for all" has therefore been the organisation's guiding vision for more than seven decades. With a financial assistance of Rs 682 crore, we have initiated an universal eye health programme.

The First World Assembly was held by the WHO in 1948. This year, it coincides with the 70th anniversary of the World Health Organization (WHO).