General news

Post-COVID-19: WHO urges, more investment in health facilities

Published

on

By Cecilia Ologunagba

The World Health Organization (WHO) has urged countries to invest more in health facilities and services to build a fairer and healthier post-COVID-19 world.

WHO appealed in a statement issued from its headquarters in Geneva to commemorate World Health Day (WYD), which is celebrated around the world on April 7.

The WHD is a global health awareness day celebrated annually on April 7, sponsored by the WHO, as well as other related organizations.

According to the statement, COVID-19 has unfairly affected some people harder than others, exacerbating existing inequalities in health and well-being within and between countries.

“For WHD, WHO is therefore launching five calls for urgent action to improve health for all.”

The United Nations health agency said in countries, illness and death from the COVID-19 pandemic had been higher among groups facing discrimination, poverty, social exclusion and adverse daily living and working conditions – including humanitarian crises.

“It is estimated that the pandemic pushed an additional 119 to 124 million people into extreme poverty last year.

“And there is compelling evidence that this has widened gender gaps in employment, with more women leaving the workforce than men in the past 12 months.

“These inequalities in people’s living conditions, health services and access to power, money and resources have been around for a long time.

“The result: Under-5 mortality rates among children from the poorest households are double those of children from the richest households.

“The life expectancy of people in low-income countries is 16 years less than that of people in high-income countries. For example, nine in 10 deaths worldwide from cervical cancer occur in low- and middle-income countries.

“But as countries continue to fight the pandemic, a unique opportunity presents itself to build back better for a fairer and healthier world by implementing existing commitments, resolutions and agreements while making new and better commitments. bold”.

The statement, however, quoted Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus.WHO Director-General, as saying: “The COVID-19 pandemic has thrived amid inequalities in our societies and shortcomings in our health systems.

“It is vital that all governments invest in strengthening their health services and removing the barriers that prevent so many people from using them, so that more people have the chance to live healthy lives.”

According to the statement, WHO is issuing five calls to action to accelerate equitable access to COVID-19 technologies between and within countries and to invest in primary health care.

The world health agency would also issue actions on building safe, healthy and inclusive neighborhoods; strengthen health data and information systems and prioritize health and social protection.

Further, according to the statement, Ghebreyesus said: “Now is the time to invest in health as a driver of development.

“We don’t need to choose between improving public health, building sustainable societies, ensuring food security and adequate nutrition, tackling climate change and prospering local economies.

“All of these vital results go hand in hand.” (NOPE)

(NAN)

Short Link: https://wp.me/pcj2iU-3yFq

NNN

NNN: :is a Nigerian online news portal that publishes breaking news in Nigeria, and across the world. Our journalists are honest, fair, accurate, thorough and courageous in gathering, reporting and interpreting news in the best interest of the public, because truth is the cornerstone of journalism and they strive diligently to ascertain the truth in every news report. Contact: editor[at]nnn.com.ng

The FG reconstitutes the boards of directors of NABTEB, NSSEC SEC accuses traders of frustrating electronic dividend registration Correctional center controller recommends amnesty for some inmates Society defines May 5 as National Bible Day SEC instructs CMOs to update investor information Coronavirus – Zambia: COVID-19 update (April 14, 2021) FG distributes inputs to 7,500 women farmers Intelligence gathering is key to resolving insurgency -GOC Coronavirus – Namibia: COVID-19 update (April 14, 2021) More than one million confirmed COVID-19 deaths in Europe – WHO Broadband is crucial for Nigeria’s economic growth – Osinbajo Coronavirus – Malawi: COVID-19 update (April 14, 2021) How 24 private companies dump garbage in Kaduna every day Coronavirus – Eritrea: Announcement from the Ministry of Health (April 14, 2021) Coronavirus – Nigeria: COVID-19 update (April 14, 2021) Retailers, Others List Factors Affecting Cement Prices Cement We can’t say when the second hits of COVID-19 will arrive – Africa CDC Coronavirus – Ethiopia: COVID-19 update (April 14, 2021) Buhari returns to Abuja after medical check-up Governor of Kano, others reconcile Dangote and BUA on a candy Coronavirus – South Africa: COVID-19 update (April 14, 2021) NPA suspends ETO ticket at APM terminal Lawmaker lists obstacles to women’s empowerment Cooking gas prices rise in March – NBS AWF and Best Nature Photography announce call for nominations for Benjamin Mkapa African Wildlife Photography Awards Minister apologizes to Nigerians for power outages British Queen enters debate over Philip’s funeral outfits Police deploy 17,500 for LG Rivers election Russia, Ukraine hold military exercises, NATO responds FG reacts to location of Twitter’s African headquarters in Ghana German Constitutional Court drops controversial Berlin rent ceiling Coronavirus – Kenya: COVID-19 update (April 14, 2021) Buhari saddened by killing of soldiers in Bénoué, says Magashi Edo 2020 release: Okowa congratulates the Delta team Residents of Kano and Katsina accuse manufacturers of cement price Coronavirus – Rwanda: COVID-19 update (April 14, 2021) Greece lifts quarantine requirement for tourists NAFDAC impound vehicle loaded with unhealthy drugs and vaccines Afghanistan respects US troop withdrawal – Presidential Aid Stepping up vigilance as Africa deploys COVID-19 vaccines NOA to organize youth summit in Bauchi state IG dissolves surveillance units in Lagos, Port Harcourt NSF: Why I took Naija Ratels FC to Benin – Edeh FG will inject 5m cooking gas cylinders in 1 year Dear Presidents Museveni and Suluhu Hassan (by Vanessa Nakate and Landry Ninteretse) DPR refuses to revoke 32 refinery licenses WHO COVID-19 Online Briefing in Africa NETCO targets business opportunities in E / Guinea Why FG alone cannot bring down the price of cooking gas Lawmaker urges ECOWAS Parliament to reject nominations from countries without 30% female representation