Over 3 million have access to Universal Health Coverage

Lucia Filimoni walked 4 hours from her home to deliver her sixth child at Dambe Health Centre

The Malawi government through Ministry of Health and Population has said it is committed to achieving the Universal Health Coverage (UHC).

The government made the pledge as the nation joined the world in commemorating the World Health Day which falls on April 7.

Statistics released on Sunday show the Democratic Progressive Party-led government has provided universal health care to over three million Malawians.

The government this has been achieved due to an increase of CHAM facilities from 42 in 2014 to 154 in 2019 with a promise of increased delivery in its endeavors.

Under the theme 'Universal Health Coverage: Everyone, Everywhere', this year’s commemoration focused on ensuring that everyone, no matter who they are, where they live and regardless of their needs have access to essential and quality health care without having to face financial hardships.

World Health Organisation acting country representative, Fabiano Ndezako said: “The day gives opportunities to communicate about the importance of equity in health care services, not only for the health individuals but also for health economies.”

The Universal Health Coverage includes full spectrum of essential, quality health services from health promotion to prevention, treatment and rehabilitation and palliative care.

Chief of Health Services, Charles Mwansambo said UHC enables everyone to access the services that address the most significant causes of disease and death as well as ensure that the quality of the series is good enough to facilitate improvements.

Mwansambo said as government they will ensure no person fails to access any health services that they need.

The chief of health services said achieving UHC is one of the targets the nations of the world set when adopting the Sustainable Development goals in 2015.

“Primary health care is the most efficient and cost effective way to achieve universal health coverage across the world,” he said.

Mwansambo said government is also calling on its stakeholders to support in meeting the obligations of ensuring the UHC to the citizens.