Half of the world lacks essential health services

25 Apr 2019 15:00pm
WINDHOEK, 25 APR (NAMPA) - At least half of the world’s population still does not have full coverage of essential health services, something the World Health Organisation (WHO) is still battling since its establishment 71 years ago.
This was said by the WHO country representative in Namibia, Dr Charles Sagoe-Moses during a media briefing to mark the launch of the ‘Walk/Run for Health’ here Thursday.
The event is organised by the WHO in collaboration with Windhoek City Runners Club, and it is scheduled for Saturday at the Daan Viljoen check point in Windhoek.
He said while half of the world’s population is still struggling with essential health services coverage, almost 12 per cent of the world’ population spent at least 10 per cent of their household budgets on health care.
He emphasised that Universal Health Coverage (UHC) is a powerful tool for better health and no one should have to make a choice between education and health care. People should also not be unable to access quality health care when they need it most.
“The enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health is one of the fundamental rights of every human being without distinction of race, religion, political belief, economic or social condition. Health for all is thus one of our driving motivations for this exciting public event for 2019,” said Sagoe-Moses.
The WHO country representative noted that UHC is much more than just health, it is about taking steps towards UHC which means taking steps towards equity, development priorities that will include social inclusion and cohesion.
Windhoek City Runners Club training director and event organiser Geoffrey Muhinda said so far, the event has received 235 entries and is targeting a minimum of 450 participants.
Club members are requested to contribute N.dollars 10 while non-club members will pay N.dollars 20 and the proceeds will go towards the Katutura Old Age Home.
“Everything is in place, the Namibian Police Force will patrol the area to ensure the safety of participants and there will also be an ambulance made available,” said Muhinda.