Promoted by the World Health Organization, Universal Health Coverage Day is celebrated annually on December 12. The day commemorates the December 2012 resolution by the United Nations General Assembly urging countries to accelerate progress towards universal health coverage (UHC) as an essential part of international development.The idea of the resolution is that everyone should have access to quality, affordable healthcare anywhere in the world.International Universal Health Coverage 2019 themeThe theme for the UHC Day 2019 campaign is “Keep the promise.” The theme was decided after the UN meeting on Universal Health Coverage on September 23, 2019, where leaders from around the world endorsed an ambitious political declaration on universal health coverage, stating that health is a human right.UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ messageUN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urged world leaders to “keep the promise” … [Read more...] about International Universal Health Coverage Day 2019: Date, theme and significance
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Since October, more than 4200 Samoans have caught the most infectious virus in the world, with a death toll heading toward 70 — most of them children under the age of four. “As a paramedic, I’ve seen a small number of children lose their life but here it is daily, that impacts on all of us,” Ms Trewin told The Sunday Telegraph. Ms Trewin has spent 11 years with the National Critical Trauma Care and Trauma Centre and is now mission head of the Australian Medical Assistance Team in Samoa, which is trying to help control the runaway epidemic on our Pacific neighbour. Experienced paramedic and head of AUSMAT in Samoa Abigail Trewin.Source:News Corp Australia It has meant the Tupua Tamasese Meaole Hospital in Samoa’s capital Apia has effectively doubled in size, with every available room now turned into a paediatric ward to deal with the 140 infected children are coming in each day. “It is emotionally very challenging for all the staff,” she said. … [Read more...] about Aussie health experts in Samoa: Measles epidemic ‘like a war zone’
Why is Taron Egerton’s character in the 2014 release Kingsman (also starring Colin Firth) nicknamed Eggsy? Sadly, the film doesn’t ever explain. But wouldn’t it be the perfect nickname for many around us, simply because of their love for eggs?Take Delhi resident Prithvi, for example. Last month the 38-year-old returned to the treadmill after a gap of 10 years. What prompted him was not his weight – which was touching 100 kg – or any real concern over the fact that he was beginning to pant every time he negotiated the flight of stairs to his second-floor apartment in south Delhi. Nor was it with any idea to lose the growing paunch that his wife had been cribbing about for years. “I had a routine medical check-up and my blood cholesterol level was high. Considering my weight issues, the doctor put all kinds of dietary restrictions on me, including cutting down my meat and eggs intake,” says Prithvi. “I … [Read more...] about Going the ‘eggs’tra mile: How healthy is a meal containing eggs?
Is your skin prone to allergies in winter season? Taking care of your skin gets tough in winters. Here're some tips that can surely help you.The Sinusitis: A common disease in winter months is swollen sinus. Best way to keep it under control is drink lots of water and take adequate rest.The strong winter sun: Sun rays can prove to be harmful for your skin during winters. It can result in severe skin allergies and rashes. So, keep yourself protected from sun by using good quality sunscreen that will ward off all the ill-effects of the UV rays. Stay away from smokers: Another thing to keep in mind is to avoid sitting in close proximity to smokers as it will aggravate coughing and breathing problems in those who are sensitive to winter allergies.Food for thought: Certain foods like milk, yoghurt, cheese, ice cream, banana, cucumber and eggs can cause an allergic reaction and aggravate your asthma problem. It’s very good if you take fresh fruit juices … [Read more...] about Protect your skin from winter allergies
“We rarely see the full event from start,” says Mridula Srinivasan, Marine Biologist from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). This inability to view predator-prey interactions is one major difference between the land environment and the ocean, and marine biologists often have to piece together bits of the puzzle to get the larger picture. One such puzzle Srinivasan is interested in is the way humpback whales interfere when killer whales chase their prey — mostly the prey belongs to some other species, though sometimes the killer whales do prey on the calves of humpback whales — and divert their attention so that the prey escapes. Is this an example of “interspecific altruism” (altruistic behaviour to help an animal belonging to a different species, without any selfish benefit)? It is not yet confirmed. But, the scientists think that the humpback whale is interfering with the hunt, regardless of what species is being preyed upon. … [Read more...] about How to look deep into the sea