The World Health Day on Wednesday, the health ministers of countries in south-east Asia, including India, will commit to “building a fairer and healthier world”, the theme for this year’s event.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has asked the countries in the south-east Asia region to prioritise actions to address inequities compounded by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

The United Nations health body stressed the need for collecting quality data to be able to take timely action.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said World Health Day is a day to “reaffirm our gratitude and appreciation to all those who work day and night to keep our planet healthy”. He also reiterated the government’s commitment to supporting research and innovation in healthcare.

WorldHealthDay is a day to reaffirm our gratitude and appreciation to all those who work day and night to keep our planet healthy. It’s also a day to reiterate our commitment to supporting research and innovation in healthcare,” PM Modi tweeted.

He also urged to focus on fighting COVID-19 by taking all possible precautions including wearing a mask, regularly washing hands and following the other protocols.

“On #WorldHealthDay, let us keep the focus on fighting COVID-19 by taking all possible precautions including wearing a mask, regularly washing hands and following the other protocols. At the same time, do take all possible steps to boost immunity and stay fit,” he said.

PM Modi further said that the Government of India is taking numerous measures including Ayushman Bharat and PM Janaushadhi Yojana to ensure people get access to top quality and affordable healthcare.

“The Government of India is taking numerous measures including Ayushman Bharat and Prime Minister Janaushadhi Yojana to ensure people get access to top quality and affordable healthcare. India is also conducting the world’s largest vaccination drive to strengthen the fight against COVID-19,” he added.

This year, World Health Day is around during such a time when people across the globe are putting their best effort to contain the coronavirus.

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