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World Health Day emphasizes the critical need for universal access to quality healthcare

Hyderabad, April 7 (IANS) – The World Health Organization (WHO) is celebrating World Health Day on April 7 with the theme ‘My Health My Right’. This year’s theme emphasizes the importance of health equity and universal access to quality healthcare in the face of escalating global health challenges.

Healthcare professionals are calling for a commitment to championing the fundamental right to health for all individuals. They stress the importance of inclusive healthcare systems, preventive measures, an active lifestyle, and environmental stewardship to pave the way towards a healthier future.

Billions of individuals globally face threats to their right to health, from environmental crises to inadequate healthcare access. The toll of disease and disability continues to rise, worsened by conflicts, disasters, and air pollution. Every five seconds, one life succumbs to the adverse effects of air pollution, highlighting the urgent need for action.

Despite 140 countries recognizing health as a basic human right, millions still lack access to essential healthcare services. Implementation gaps exacerbate disparities, leaving vulnerable populations underserved. Over 4.5 billion individuals in 2021 were left without access to necessary health services, underlining the need for concerted efforts to bridge existing gaps.

The WHO underscores the pivotal role of equitable access to quality medical care in achieving health for all under the ‘My Health My Right’ theme. Components like medical services, safe water, clean air, and a discrimination-free environment form the foundation of comprehensive healthcare, ensuring individuals can exercise their right to health without barriers.

Dr. S. Ramesh, Consultant Neurosurgeon at Kamineni Hospital, highlights the importance of health insurance in ensuring universal access to quality healthcare. “Health insurance is a fundamental enabler of equitable access to healthcare services. By ensuring coverage for all individuals, we can pave the way for a healthier, more resilient society.”

Dr. A. Santosh Kumar, Sr. Consultant Nephrologist at Kamineni Hospital, stresses the need for preventive measures like physical exercise to combat lifestyle-related diseases. “Prioritising regular physical exercise is paramount in mitigating prevalent health challenges and promoting holistic well-being.”

Dr. B. Kishore Reddy, Chief Ortho Oncologist at Amor Hospital, advocates for proactive measures to mitigate the detrimental effects of air pollution on public health. “Embracing protective measures such as wearing masks and minimizing exposure to pollutants is imperative to safeguarding our collective well-being.”

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