The Federal Government has recognized the support by the World Health Organization in making healthcare delivery accessible to the vulnerable.
The Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, made the commendation as the country joined the world to commemorate the 2023 World Health Day, which also doubles as the 75th anniversary of the World Health Organization (WHO).
On April 7, 1948, 55 member countries came together and founded the WHO, with the mandate to promote health, keep the world safe, and serve the vulnerable – so that everyone, everywhere, can attain the highest level of health and well-being.
To celebrate the milestone anniversary, Ehanire, said WHO has been a significant force in keeping the world safe and serving the vulnerable – so everyone everywhere can attain the highest level of health and well-being.
Speaking at a press briefing, he expressed appreciation to WHO for the numerous contributions to the health sector and the well-being of Nigerians at large.
“I want to congratulate the WHO on this 75th anniversary of active service to humanity and thank the WHO for supporting the entire health sector in Nigeria technically and financially these years.
“I join the WHO Director General, Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus, to call on Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) to respect the provisions in the WHO health workforce support and safeguard list, 2023 and at the same time call on the global leaders, donors, and multilateral leaders to allocate long-term sustainable funding and implement policies that protect and support health workers everywhere,” he adds.
The theme of the 2023 World Health Day is Health for All – Strengthening PHC to Build Resilient Systems, while WHO is observing its 75th anniversary under the theme, 75 Years of improving public health and the theme of World Health Workers Week is Investing in the Health Work Force.
On his part, WHO’s Representative (WR) in Nigeria, Dr Walter Kazadi Mulombo, said that WHO is presently working with 194 member States across six regions and on the ground in more than 150 offices.
Dr Mulombo explains that the WHO is utilizing the 75th anniversary to look back at the transformation in healthcare over the years and an opportunity to motivate action to tackle the health challenges of today — and tomorrow.
“The right to health is a basic human right that promotes health and well-being, dignity and good quality of life for everyone, despite who they are, where they live or what they do.
“WHO Nigeria in collaboration with the government, have been achieving notable strides in keeping the people safe and serving the vulnerable population, in such areas as combatting infectious disease, HIV treatment, reducing maternal mortality, increase in life expectancy, and supporting disease eradication, such as Polio and Guinea Worm.
“We look forward to building a stronger WHO that delivers results and is enabled and empowered to play its leading role in global health; let me assure you that WHO will continue to support Nigeria to promote health, provide health, protect the health, power health and perform for health,” he added.
Speaking on behalf of Civil Society Organization, Dr Uzodinma Adirieje expressed his gratitude to WHO for the support and leadership the organization has been giving the country and other developmental partners in building a viable health sector that would promote health, keeping the world safe and serve the vulnerable.
WHO’s 75th anniversary year is an opportunity to look back at public health successes that have improved the quality of life during the last seven decades.
Highlights of the commemoration included a health Walk in Abuja and in various states across the country, free health care outreaches across the states, and other health promotion events.