The official ceremony to mark the World Health Day 2018 was held in ADh. Mahibadhoo today.
The ceremony was officiated by the Minister of Health Mr. Abdulla Nazim Ibrahim. Present alongside with him were the WHO Representative to Maldives Dr. Arvind Mathur, the Chairperson of the IGMH Governing Board Dr. Abdul Azeez Yoosuf and representatives of other collaborative partners of the Ministry. The theme of this year’s World Health Day is “universal health coverage: everyone, everywhere”. The awards presented were the highlight of this ceremony.
The Health Promotion Award, was presented to Dh. Atoll Hospital in recognition of their community health promotion activities within the atoll throughout 2017. The Community Award’s recipient was Maldivian Red Crescent, the award being an acknowledgement of their tireless community engagement efforts at the national level geared towards addressing the social, physical, and psychological wellbeing of the citizens.
The Health Promotion Award and the Community Award, both of which were introduced in 2014 are awards that are presented in conjunction with the World Health Day each year. Lastly, Dr. Aishath Shifaza, was the very first recipient of the Health Researcher Award as part of a new initiative by the Ministry of Health to recognize outstanding research conducted in the Maldives focusing on health and related sectors.
In addition to this, Minister Nazim launched the 5th edition of the Maldives Health Research Bulletin along with the Health Achievement Booklet which details sectoral achievements from 2014 to 2017. Other notable events also include launching of the logo of the Health Protection Agency and the presentation of a recognition certificate to the host of the event, ADh. Mahibadhoo Council and Atoll Hospital. A short video focusing on this year’s theme of Universal Health Coverage was presented at the function. An exhibition was also inaugurated by WHO Representative to Maldives Dr. Arvind Mathur as part of the official ceremony. This exhibition was focused on presenting notable health achievements of the health sector of Maldives.
During the course of the month of April, prior to the main event held to celebrate the World Health Day, staff from the Ministry of Health have regularly gone on local media to create public awareness on different health issues focusing on different topics under the theme of Universal Health coverage, which includes access to health, health information, health insurance, and health finance. Health day related activities such as awareness sessions, health checks etc. have also been carried out at schools at the atoll level.
A sports festival for staff was held later in the afternoon on the day as part of the larger one-day event to commemorate the World Health Day in the Maldives.