WHO: Seventieth World Health Assembly, May 2018- Speech by Hon’ble State Minister for Health and Population Ms Padma Kumari Aryal
71st World Health Assembly
23rd May 2018
Respected President, Excellences, WHO Director General Dr. Tedros, distinguish delegates, Ladies and Gentleman!
Nepal has recently completed the first election of Federal, Provincial and Local Governments. Let me take this opportunity to offer our special thanks for the member states and concerned authorities who have helped us in coming to this important stage where we finally have a stable government.
We are not satisfied! Nepal is facing the negative consequences of triple burden of diseases including communicable, non-communicable and poverty trap. We are investing our time to ensure the quality of care, quality of medicine, and skilled human resource for health. Nepal is still suffering with high out of pocket expenditure-which is 54%. We want to bring this down to below 30%!! The devastating 2015 earthquake has left many messages to us.
We Walk the Talk! We are fully aware of our commitments, in achieving Universal Health Coverage and Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. We are finalizing our Plans to bring more mothers, children, youths, senior citizens in health care delivery systems. Our full commitments are there to ensure the free basic health services which has been enshrined in the constitution of Nepal. We are in the initial stage of rolling out the ‘compulsory health insurance’ programme. As a woman and a mother, myself, would like to see UHC as “Universal Women’s and Child Care”.
Our journey of making people healthy never ends! Nepal and WHO completed Sixty-Four years of collaboration. Let me offer our sincere thanks to Dr.Tedros and team for their technical support to Nepal successful tenure.
We need the functional partnership and practical collaborations in moving the health systems towards the right directions. To this end, we would like to call our valued partners and the global communities to support us in developing the comprehensive policies and delivering the right plans. We must connect the dots between Health, women empowerment, economic opportunities, inclusion, development and prosperity. Finally yet importantly, we believe in Universal Health Coverage, everyone has a role to play! Our systems will reach out to everyone in everywhere!!
Thank You All !! Dhanyabad