Friday, August 12 2022

South Africa will join the rest of the global community tomorrow (Thursday, April 7) to mark World Health Day to raise awareness of the health and general well-being of people across the country amid the pandemic. of COVID-19. .

The pandemic has exposed weaknesses in all areas of society and underscored the urgency of creating sustainable well-being societies committed to equitable health now and for future generations without pushing ecological boundaries.

World Health Day is a global health awareness day celebrated annually on April 7, under the patronage and technical support of the World Health Organization, as well as other related organizations.

The 2022 campaign will be commemorated under the theme “Our Planet, Our Health”, which draws global attention to the urgent actions needed to keep people and the planet healthy and foster a movement to create well-being societies. be.

The World Health Organization estimates that more than 13 million deaths worldwide each year are due to preventable environmental causes. These include the climate crisis, which is the greatest health threat facing humanity.

The environmental risk burden in South Africa is equivalent to 3.7% of our total burden of disease, with unsafe water, sanitation, hygiene and poor ambient and indoor air quality being major contributors to the combined load. Unfortunately, the joint attributable burden is particularly high in children under five (5) years of age, accounting for 10% of all deaths in this age group.

The Department of Health supports a healthy recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic that puts the health of people and the planet at the center of action and fosters a movement to create well-being societies.

Accordingly, the department calls for the safe disposal of any personal protective equipment related to Covid-19, such as face masks, and the continued practice of hand hygiene for personal use beyond the lifting of the state of disaster announced by President Ramaphosa. under the country’s policy. transition from stricter lockdown restrictions aimed at controlling the transmission of the covid-19 pandemic.

Air pollution, contaminated water, inadequate sanitation including solid waste management, risks from certain hazardous chemicals and the negative impacts of climate change are the most pressing environmental threats to health public.

As the world continues to implement the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), health takes center stage in SDG 3, which aims to enable healthy lives and promote well-being for all. at any age. The 2030 Agenda recognizes that health and wellbeing are fundamental to sustainable development, as a prerequisite, outcome and indicator of a sustainable society.

World Health Day is one of the eight official health awareness events of the World Health Organization, some of them are World Tuberculosis Day, World Malaria Day and World Day of AIDS that are commemorated every year around the world.

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