50% of the world’s population does not have access to vital health services — WHO

The World Health Organization (WHO) has said at least 50% of the world’s population lacks access to basic medical services.

According to the organization, annual out-of-pocket health care costs push about 100 million individuals into extreme poverty.

The WHO country representative, Walter Mulombo, made this statement at the sixth annual conference of the Association of Nigerian Health Journalists (ANHEJ) in Akwanga, Nasarawa State, on Friday.

According to Mr. Mulombo, who was represented by Ahmed Khedr, the agency’s field presence cluster lead, Universal Health Coverage (UHC) cannot be accomplished until everyone has access to reasonably priced medical care.

He said providing universal health coverage (UHC) entails making sure that everyone has access to the necessary, high-quality, affordable preventive, curative, and rehabilitation services.

Health, according to Mr. Mulombo, is a fundamental human right that should be available to everyone, regardless of their financial situation or social standing.

“Indeed no one should get sick, be denied healthcare, or die just because they are poor or because the services they need are too far away from where they live,” he said.

 

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