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A regional consultation organised to mark the World Health Day 2018 by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Ramaiah Medical College made a strong call for ensuring universal health coverage (UHC).
The event was graced by Mr Ajay Seth, Additional Chief Secretary, Health and Family Welfare, Government of Karnataka who stressed on the importance of working together with all stakeholders to progress towards Universal Health Coverage in the state.
On the occasion of the World Health Day 2018, Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, Regional Director, WHO South-East Asia Region has said that the promise of UHC is bold: that all people can access quality health services, when and where they need them, without suffering financial hardship.
“Healthier populations in turn create more productive economies that raise living standards. UHC will help achieve a healthier, more equitable and secure South-East Asia Region,” she added.
“Achieving UHC has the potential to contribute to India’s social and economic growth,” says Dr Henk Bekedam, WHO Representative to India.
Commending the government for its recent bold initiatives, Dr Bekedam said, “India is firmly and steadily moving forward on the path to UHC and WHO as a partner is committed to working with the government and other stakeholders in successfully navigating this journey towards a Swastha and Samriddha Bharat (Healthy and Prosperous India).”
The consultation was also attended by Dr Rathan Kelkar, Commissioner Health & Family Welfare services; Dr Naresh Shetty, President Ramaiah Memorial Hospital; Dr Medha Y Rao, Principal & Dean, Ramaiah Medical College; representatives from WHO and other key stakeholders.
Key speakers at the deliberations included Dr. Prabhudev Gowda from Government of Karnataka; Dr Sudha Chandrasekhar, Suvarna Arogya Suraksha Trust; Dr Girish from NIMHANS; Dr Suresh Shapeti, PHFI; Dr. Pruthvish from Unicef and Mr Ravindra Reshme representing the civil service organizations. The panel discussion was lively with active participation from the participants on the UHC agenda.