Ghana Commemorates World Health Day On April 11
The Ministry of Health (MOH), Ghana Health Service (GHS) and other stakeholders will commemorate World Health Day 2018 on the general theme: “Universal health coverage: everyone, everywhere” and the slogan is “Health for All”.
In Ghana, MOH, GHS and their stakeholders will commemorate the day with a national launch on Wednesday April 11 at the Ministry of Information Conference Room at 0930 hours.
There will also be a Press Conference on April 11 to mark the occasion as well as sensitise the public on Ghana’s efforts towards the attainment of Universal Health Coverage (UHC) as well as the Sustainable Development Goals.
This year’s World Health Day aims at shining a spotlight on the need for UHC and the advantages it can bring, a statement signed by Mr Robert Cudjoe, the Public Relations Officer of the MOH has said.
It said every year, Ghana joined the rest of the World in commemorating World Health Day; a very important day for the World Health Organisation (WHO) as it is the anniversary of the founding of the Organisation.
It said the day also provided a unique opportunity to mobilise action around a specific health topic of concern to people all over the world.
It said, the WHO was founded on the principle that all people should be able to realise their right to the highest possible level of health.
The statement said: “Health for all has therefore been the guiding vision for more than seven decades. It’s also the motivation behind the current organisation-wide drive to support countries in moving towards UHC.”
According to the statement, in WHOs 70th year, World Health Day focused on “Universal health coverage: everyone, everywhere” – ensuring that everyone, everywhere could access essential quality health services without facing financial hardship.
It explained that Health for All was to promote UHC by 2030 with the aim of supporting policy-makers, civil society organisations, individuals and media in the journey to bring UHC to every country.
“It is something all countries committed to when they agreed on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 2015,” the statement said.