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WHO Advocates for Health Equity to Achieve Comprehensive Services in Uganda :: Uganda Radionetwork
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WHO Advocates for Health Equity to Achieve Comprehensive Services in Uganda

Speaking at the commemoration of World Health Day at the WHO headquarters in Kololo, Dr. Yonas Tegegn Woldemariam, WHO Representative to Uganda, highlighted the importance of collaborative efforts from all sectors, partners, and communities under the one health approach to ensure that all Ugandans fully enjoy their health rights.
15 Apr 2024 11:50

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The World Health Organization (WHO) has emphasized the need for strengthened collaborative efforts to support Uganda in ensuring equitable access to comprehensive health services.  

Speaking at the commemoration of World Health Day at the WHO headquarters in Kololo, Dr. Yonas Tegegn Woldemariam, WHO Representative to Uganda, highlighted the importance of collaborative efforts from all sectors, partners, and communities under the one health approach to ensure that all Ugandans fully enjoy their health rights.  

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Dr. Yonas stressed that implementing existing public health policies, strategies, and guidelines, improving resource efficiency, and promoting community empowerment and participation are essential for accelerating Uganda’s progress toward achieving universal health coverage.

Dr. Charles Olaro, Director of Curative Services at the Ministry of Health, emphasized the need for Ugandans to invest in their health as it is their right. He encouraged the public to undergo vaccinations for diseases such as cervical cancer, reassuring them that all vaccines provided in Uganda are safe and advising against listening to anti-vaccination misinformation.   

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Dr. Afsa Lukwata Ssentongo, in charge of the Mental Health Program at the Ministry of Health, addressed the issue of mental health challenges in Uganda, attributing much of it to the misuse of addictive substances that damage mental health.  

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The Ministry of Health, WHO, and its partners conducted various awareness-raising and community engagement activities to commemorate the 76th edition of World Health Day in Uganda. These activities, aligned with the theme "My Health, My Right," included a public sports walk, mass screenings for communicable and non-communicable diseases (NCDs), and a blood donation drive.

 

World Health Day is observed annually on April 7th, and this edition took place just six years before the evaluation of countries’ progress toward achieving universal health coverage.

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