S/L observes Universal Health Coverage Day

The Ministry of Health and Sanitation in collaboration with the World Health Organization on Thursday 12th December 2019, commemorated the International Universal Health Coverage (UHC) Day with the theme ” Keep the Promise.” December 12 is the anniversary of the first unanimous United Nations resolution calling for all nations to provide for their citizens affordable, quality health care. UHC is promoted as an instrument to help advance the more broadly conceived human right to health, which is based upon a number of international agreements or widely affirmed international documents. During the ceremony, the Deputy Minister of Health and Sanitation II, Dr Amara Jambai, said access to basic health care doesn’t give all the parameters. He noted that to complete the parameters it requires quality health system, which is under the universal health coverage.  He appealed, “We need all stakeholders to come onboard to get the UHC right.” In his address, the Deputy Chief Medical Officer Dr T.T Samba maintained that health is a basic human right, which must be upheld. He said UHC has been included in the new Sustainable Development Goals for 2015-2030, adopted by the United Nations. Dr Samba explained that the UHC has three main principles which are equity, quality and safety. He said the commemoration aims at raising awareness of the need for strong and resilient health system and universal health coverage. A WHO and UNICEF survey in 2015 reported that 38% of healthcare facilities surveyed did not have access to a basic water source, and 35% lacked the materials necessary for people to wash their hands effectively. The survey noted that when healthcare workers can’t keep facilities clean and prevent infections, their ability to deliver safe, effective, and dignified care is undermined.

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