The 70th Annual World Health Day is organized by World Health Organization. The Goal mentioned on their website is a World where everyone has access to the health services they need without having to worry about going into debt paying for them. On World Health Organization website, it is mentioned that half of the World lacks access to appropriate medical services, 100 Million people have been forced to pay their medical debts which in turn brought them below the poverty line.
In 2015, World Leaders pledged to agree on the Sustainable Development Goals, now it's the time to live up to what they pledged for.
About Universal Health Coverage on WHO Website: Universal health coverage is the single most powerful concept public health has to offer and the hallmark of a government’s commitment to improve the well-being of all its people. Together, we can make it the next achievement for humankind.
Quote by World Health Organization: “HEALTH IS A HUMAN RIGHT. NO ONE SHOULD GET SICK OR DIE JUST BECAUSE THEY ARE POOR, OR BECAUSE THEY CANNOT ACCESS THE
SERVICES THEY NEED.”
On World Health Day, World Health Organization aims to inspire, motivate and guide Universal Health Coverage stakeholders to make commitments towards UHC:
— to highlight policy-makers’ power to transform the health of every nation and inviting them to drive policy change.
— sharing examples of how countries are already progressing towards UHC and encourage others to find their own path.
— providing tools for conversations and structured policy dialogue on how to advance UHC domestically or supporting such efforts in other countries.
To not get caught by a disease and the medical debts, to avoid these, best solutions is to stay healthy. Here are some tips to stay healthy:
- Include physical activity in your daily routine. Not necessary to join a gym, a physical activity can be walking, sports, dancing, yoga, running or other outdoor activities which you can enjoy.
- Eat healthily, Stay healthy. A diet food with well-balanced calories is the next step to the healthier life. A healthy diet consists of lots of fruits, vegetables, and grains; low in saturated fats and cholesterol, less sugar and salt(Not cutting/ consuming every grain of salt and sugar).
- Avoid accidents, use helmets and seatbelts while driving bike and car respectively. Install smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in the home.
- Quit every bad habit you have. Quit smoking, drinking, and drugs.
- Prevent yourself from Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) and HIV/AIDS, Use condoms, "Have Sex, Safe Sex". Discuss Sexually Transmitted Infection Screening
with a doctor.
- After every meal, brush your teeth with a soft or medium bristled toothbrush. Add dental floss in your shopping list, you're going to need it.
- Recognize and manage the stress in your life. Signs of stress include trouble sleeping, frequent headaches and stomach problems; being angry a lot and turning to foods, drugs, and alcohol to relieve stress.
- Get 6-8 hours of sleep daily. Lack of sleep can affect your physical and mental health at a tremendous level.
- Water keeps you hydrated and necessary to maintain a healthy body. It also works as a natural cleanser for organs and digestive system. You might be thinking, " How much water should we consume on a daily basis?". The answer is,"The Institute of Medicine(IOM) suggests that water intake for men is 3.7 liters (125 ounces) and for women is 2.7 liters (91 ounces) for optimal function of the body. However, water from beverages and foods are included above.
- Maintaining a positive attitude and things you like which makes you happy have a huge impact on health.
- Go for Regular check-ups, to ensure you are fitter than before. It is better to consult your doctor about your health because if and when something needs attention, you'll get to know about it a little earlier and save/cure yourself.