World Health Day 2021: Know what doctors have to say

World Health Day 2021: Know what doctors have to say

World Health Day is celebrated every year on April 7. Here are some quotes from the doctors on the theme – How to build a fairer & healthier world.

World Health Day

What is health? Health is “a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease” according to the World Health Organization (WHO). You may have come across the phrase “Health is wealth,” which simply means when a person lives a healthy spiritual, mental, physical, and emotional lifestyle becomes the richest person in the world.

Living a healthy lifestyle has numerous benefits. It helps you to prevent chronic diseases and long-term illnesses. Therefore, to raise awareness about the overall health and well-being of people across the globe, World Health Day is celebrated every year on April 7. It is an initiative taken by the World Health Organization.

“Health is the greatest gift, contentment the greatest wealth, faithfulness the best relationship.” -Gautam Buddha

Each year there is a specific theme for World Health Day. The theme for World Health Day 2020 is Building a fairer, healthier world. However, the Covid-19 pandemic has undercut recent health gains, pushed more people into poverty and food insecurity, and amplified gender, social and health inequities.

This World Health Day, Doctors are calling for action to eliminate health inequities, as part of a year-long global campaign to bring people together to build a fairer, healthier world.

The campaign highlights WHO’s constitutional principle that “the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health is one of the fundamental rights of every human being without distinction of race, religion, political belief, economic or social condition.”

How to build a fairer & healthier world.

How food affects health?

“Most people are unaware of how food affects their health and go on abusing their bodies by consuming junk food till the disease is manifested in their body. The onus of educating the public about the importance of healthy nutrition lies both with healthcare workers as well as the government.

Each doctor has to play a role in it and talk about the importance of good food habits to each and every patient, irrespective of the malady he/she has come with. The government must enforce some regulations on ads of soft drinks and junk food – these products are endorsed by celebrities and hugely impact impressionable minds.

Shop-owners should not be allowed to stock sugar-loaded junk foods at the entrance as it acts as an enticement,” said Dr. Geeta Grewal, Chief Consultant, and Cosmetic Surgeon, 9Muses Wellness Clinic, Gurugram