World Health Day 2019 - Gasa Dzongkhag

The world Health Day 2019 was observed at Gasa on 7th April, 2019. The observation of the day has been organized by Ministry of Health with financial and technical support from WHO country Office in Bhutan.

In 1948, the First World Health Assembly called for the creation of a "World Health Day". Since 1950, World Health Day has been celebrated on the 7 April of each year.

The global theme for this year is universal health coverage: health for all. Universal Health Coverage embodies specific health and social goals, which should empower the people to obtain the quality health services they need without fear of financial hardship. As such, UHC promotes realisation of the human right to health, disassociating access to services from ability to pay. This basic human right is declared in the World Health Organization Constitution and increasingly in many national constitutions or laws, thereby reflecting universal social values such as human security, social cohesion, and solidarity.

The national theme for World Health Day 2019 “towards elimination of cervical cancer” is appropriate as Bhutan committed to eliminate cervical cancer at the 144th session of WHO Executive Board held in Geneva this year. Although cervical cancer is preventable and treatable, it continues to be a major threat to women’s lives.

To mark the occasion, Ministry of Health conducted comprehensive package of Pap Smear Screening services for the women of Three Gewogs – Khamaed, Khatoed & Laya from 4-6 April 2019. Gasa Dzongkhag’s Pap smear screening coverage stands at 38.8% which is one of the lowest in the nation.Over the three days screening, 253 women availed pap smear services out of which 116 (46%) were reported new cases and 137 were reported old cases.

The ministry of Health also launched the Cervical Cancer Awareness month- dissemination of IEC and other priority public health messages in the subsequent months. The health messages on priority public health will be disseminated over election advertisement boards all over the 20 Districts to create awareness on priority public health issues and to strengthen delivery of services to unreached population to make progress on leaving no-one behind by initiating targeted interventions to improve access for all citizens on the basis of equity and solidarity.