INDIA: On the occasion of World Health Day 2021 with a theme ‘Building a fairer, healthier world,’ PM Shri Narendra Modi said, “The Government of India is taking numerous measures including Ayushman Bharat and PM Janaushadhi Yojana to ensure people get access to top quality and affordable healthcare. India is also conducting the world’s largest vaccination drive to strengthen the fight against COVID-19.”
He added, on World Health Day, let us keep the focus on fighting COVID-19 by taking all possible precautions including wearing a mask, regularly washing hands, and following the other protocols. At the same time, do take all possible steps to boost immunity and stay fit.
India’s Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan also said, “Let today serve as the perfect reminder to check up on yourself! On World Health Day, remember the golden rule of ‘Eating Right, Keeping Fit’ to nurture the only wealth that truly matters.”
World Health Day
World Health Day is observed every year on April 7 since 1950 and is a day to reaffirm our gratitude and appreciation to all those who work day and night to keep us healthy. It’s also a day to reiterate our commitment to supporting research and innovation in healthcare and to raise awareness about the overall health and well-being of people across the globe. It has aimed to create awareness of a specific health theme to highlight a priority area of concern for the World Health Organization.
Over the past 50 years, this has brought to light important health issues such as mental health, maternal and child care, and climate change. The celebration is marked by activities that extend beyond the day itself and serves as an opportunity to focus worldwide attention on these important aspects of global health.
The COVID-19 pandemic has undercut recent health gains, pushed more people into poverty and food insecurity, and amplified gender, social and health inequities, and this further stresses the importance of Building a fairer, healthier world.