‘Healthier population creat  productive economies’ 

SHILLONG, April 7: Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, Regional Director, WHO South-East Asia Region today said that healthier populations in turn create more productive economies which in turn raise living standards.

Dr Singh was speaking at a function organised by North-Eastern Indira Gandhi Regional Institute of Health & Medical Sciences (NEIGRIHMS) and the World Health Organization Country Office for India to mark the World Health Day 2018 and ensured for a universal health coverage (UHC).

“UHC will help achieve a healthier, more equitable and secure South-East Asia Region,” she added.

Meghalaya Health Minister Alexander Laloo Hek graced the function as chief guest.

The Regional Director, WHO South-East Asia Region also said that the promise of UHC is bold and that all people can access quality health services, when and where they need them, without suffering financial hardship.

Meanwhile, Dr Henk Bekedam, WHO Representative to India said, “Achieving UHC has the potential to contribute to India’s social and economic growth.”

Commending the government for its recent bold initiatives, Dr Bekedam said, “India is firmly and steadily moving forward on the path to UHC and WHO as a partner is committed to working with the government and other stakeholders in successfully navigating this journey towards a Swastha and Samriddha Bharat (Healthy and Prosperous India).”

The different sessions during the event focused on key issues including the status of UHC implementation in the North-East region; role of the private sector; and the impact of the Megha Health Insurance Scheme in the state of Meghalaya.