‘World Health Day’ is celebrated on April 7th every year. It is a global health awareness day dedicated to raising awareness of a specific health issue in order to draw attention to a World Health Organization’s priority area of concern. The World Health Organization was founded on April 7th, and hence World Health Day coincides with WHO’s founding day.
The World Health Organization chooses a particular theme that is currently trending in the wellness and medical world. This day sets the tone for what’s to come on the world stage, with topics ranging from mental health to physical health and everything in between. Physical, mental, and emotional well-being are promoted and celebrated all around the world on this World Health Day This year’s World Health Day will focus on visualizing a world free of pollution, with clean air, water, and land.
The Theme of World Health Day 2022
Our Planet, Our Health is the topic of the World Health Day 2022, which will draw attention to the critical efforts needed to keep humanity and the planet healthy, as well as support a movement to develop societies that emphasize well-being. It’s a confirmed truth that during a pandemic, our contaminated environment caused a significant surge in ailments such as cancer, asthma, and heart disease. The pandemic exposed vulnerabilities in all parts of society, underlining the imperative of creating sustainable well-being societies dedicated to providing fair health for present and future generations while staying within ecological bounds.
The single greatest threat to humanity’s health is climate change. Air pollution, disease, harsh weather events, forced displacement, food insecurity, and mental health challenges are already wreaking havoc on people’s health. Each year, around 13 million individuals die as a result of environmental issues (as estimated by the WHO).
Our political, social, and commercial decisions are contributing to the climate and health crises.
Over 90% of people breathe harmful air as a result of fossil fuel combustion. As the planet warms, mosquitos are spreading diseases farther and faster than ever before. People are being displaced and their health is being harmed as a result of extreme weather occurrences, land degradation, and water scarcity. Pollution and plastics have infiltrated our food chain and can be found at the bottom of the world’s deepest oceans and highest mountains. Obesity is fueling an obesity epidemic, increasing cancer and heart disease, and accounting for a third of global greenhouse gas emissions.
As a result, WHO is emphasizing the theme “Our Planet, Our Health!” for this year’s World Health Day. MediGence strongly supports the topic and provides an easy route to the major healthcare providers by resolving accessibility concerns, in order to make the world ‘Healthcare Accessible.’
History of World Health Day
To discuss World Health Day, we must first consider the establishment of the World Health Organization as a whole-
Officials from Brazil and China proposed the establishment of an international health organization that would be all-encompassing and completely independent of any sovereign authorities in December 1945.
The World Health Organization’s constitution was accepted half a year later, in July 1946, in New York. The constitution came into effect on April 7, 1948, when 61 countries signed an agreement to establish the NGO.
One of the first formal acts of the WHO was the establishment of World Health Day. It was first observed on July 22, 1949, but the date was later changed to April 7, the World Health Organization’s founding anniversary, to boost student involvement.
Since 1950, each year the current chosen Director-General of the WHO chooses a new subject for every World Health Day.
This is how World Health Day was decided, and it has since become a global event that raises awareness of key public health issues that affect people all over the world. On April 7th, in commemoration of World Health Day, promotional initiatives are launched, and they persist for a long period.
Importance of World Health Day- Traditions of the day!
Following are the reasons to observe the World Health Day, every year-
To raise global awareness about certain health-related issues, and to draw attention to a WHO priority problem.
By adopting a new subject every year, World Health Day ensures that we are always learning and improving. The WHO selects a theme based on a current pressing health concern each year and devotes a week to conferences and events relevant to that theme.
World Health Day is one of the WHO’s eight official global health initiatives. The day receives a lot of media attention and public awareness campaigns.
The purpose of the day is to raise awareness of the health issues that the poor & fewer people encounter in developing nations around the world due to lack of access and knowledge to healthcare, as well as to remind us to be grateful for our own health and to take better care of ourselves.
Healthy choices to make this year 2022
There are numerous things you may take to help reduce global pollution. Here are a few of the healthier suggestions:
On a daily basis, check your local air pollution forecasts.
You should avoid exercising when pollution levels are high outside
Do the deductions in the energy that you use for your daily living or in your household. The production of electricity and other sources of energy pollutes the air. By reducing energy use, you can help to improve air quality, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, promote energy independence, and save money.
Take a walk, ride your bike, or carpool. Trips can be combined. Take the bus, metro, light rail system, commuter train, or another method of transportation instead of driving your car.
Cut down on the practice of burning wood or waste materials. Burning firewood and garbage are two of the most prominent sources of particle pollution in various parts of the country.
It is prohibited to allow individuals to smoke indoors, and you should support efforts to make all public spaces tobacco-free.
How can MediGence help you?
It is said that ‘World Health Day’ can also be an important day to emphasize your own health. Conversation can help to remove the stigma surrounding the disease and encourage more individuals to seek help and treatment. Going with this year’s theme of ‘Our Planet, Our Health’, which has been introduced with the concept of controlling pollution for a healthy planet. WHO also stated that a polluted planet leads to an increase in cancer, asthma, and heart diseases.
When individuals are suffering from it, it’s logical that they start looking for an easy and accessible means to receive quality treatment, especially in poor areas or countries/regions with a significant lack of healthcare accessibility.
Effects of pollution may seem insignificant initially, but eventually, they could evolve into critical conditions. So, even if you are suffering from symptoms chronic cough, itchy skin, eye redness, breathing issues, etc. You must consult a specialist, immediately to timely identify any serious issues that will arise later. MediGence enters the picture at this point.
We are a health-tech organization dedicated to improving and enhancing healthcare accessibility around the world. MediGence helps you to connect virtually with cross-border specialists (Pulmonologists, Oncologists, Cardiologists, and other specialists), who can propose you the first line of treatment via telemedicine, revalidate your current line of treatment via Thinktwice (our second opinion service), and to avail the quality treatment abroad at an affordable cost.
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