World Health Day to be celebrated today
WORLD HEALTH Day will be celebrated on April 7 to raise global awareness about different health programmes and highlight priority concern areas on which government needed to focus. The theme for this year?s World Health Day is ?Working Together For Health? and will be devoted to the health work force crisis.india Updated: Apr 07, 2006 01:05 IST
WORLD HEALTH Day will be celebrated on April 7 to raise global awareness about different health programmes and highlight priority concern areas on which government needed to focus. The theme for this year’s World Health Day is ‘Working Together For Health’ and will be devoted to the health work force crisis.
There is serious shortage of health workers, due to which the health programmes are not reaching the grassroots level, said Dr SAM Meesum, paediatrician and programme officer AIDS, Kaushambi.
In an official communiqué released on Thursday Dr Meesum said there is an imminent crisis of health work force. This problem is faced by every country due to which the gap between health programmes and its availability to poor man is increasing every year.
“The World Health Day is celebrated since 1950 to raise health related issues. The seminars and talks on disease outbreaks, child abuse, biological weapons, human rights, vaccine and child rights are organised to raise awareness among people. Such occasions provide a chance for community participation, sharing research, knowledge and initiate health programmes,” he added.
Dr Meesum said the occasion could also be used for increasing awareness about HIV/AIDS, which has become a global threat. In order to control the problem, health education especially HIV/AIDS and sex education, should be made compulsory in schools. The families and social networks are breaking due to HIV. The economic status of HIV positive status also becomes badly affected due to high treatment cost. The countries worldwide need to prepare an emergency strategy to protect people from getting infected.
“We cannot allow this occasion to pass without letting people know the importance of good health and the social, economical and physical threats associated with HIV/AIDS,” he further added.Dr Meesum said the UN has declared Nepal as a concentrated HIV epidemic region. Daily 30 people in Nepal are infected with HIV.
Being a neighbouring country India needed to take special care in this regard. Moreover, a political leadership has become necessary to fight against AIDS. Recently, African leaders pledged to devote 15 per cent of their annual public spending on AIDS and other public health priorities.