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World Health Day is a global observance, championed by the World Health Organization (WHO), put in place to raise awareness about different health issues prevalent across the globe. The day is widely commemorated as a way of bringing attention to specific healthcare themes each year, and highlights the importance of healthy living, disease prevention and exceptional health care systems in promoting overall well-being. It is an occasion to create deeper engagements between governments, healthcare professionals, non-profit organizations, and citizens to discuss and implement quality health strategies and policies.
World Health Day was first held by the WHO in 1950, following the Universal Health Coverage resolution adopted at the World Health Assembly in 1948. For Nigerians, this day holds profound significance, given the health challenges the nation grapples with, including malnutrition, malaria, HIV/AIDS, and most recently, COVID-19. Over the years, World Health Day has been a pivot point for Nigerian healthcare stakeholders to advocate for actionable policies, improved funding, and increased public education on major health issues the country faces.
In Nigeria, the observance of World Health Day often entails a range of activities conducted by different stakeholders. This includes public health seminars and workshops, awareness marches, media campaigns, and free medical screening camp-outs led by healthcare professionals. Furthermore, the government and non-profit organizations often use the day to launch health initiatives and programs. There is no separate date for the observation of World Health Day in Nigeria, rather, it is marked in unison with the global community on April 7th annually, emphasizing the interconnectedness of global health trends and realities.
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