World Health Day – Support nurses and midwives

The World Health Organization (WHO) observes World Health Day on 7 April every year. The contribution of doctors, nurses and other health workers is acknowledged on this day. 

Now at a time when the whole world is facing a health crisis as we fight the coronavirus pandemic, healthcare professionals are the frontline soldiers in this war and World Health Day 2020 carries more importance than ever.

World Health Day 2020: Date

The WHO began observing World Health Day on 7 April from 1950. The need for a World Health Day was discussed in the First Health Assembly in 1948. Now, every World Health Day focuses on a certain key area in the healthcare system and aims to develop it.

Through this initiative, significant growth has been brought to the fields of “mental health, maternal and child care and climate change”.

World Health Day 2020: Theme

The tagline of World Health Day 2020 is ‘Support nurses and midwives’. To generate attention towards their contribution during the COVID-19 outbreak, the World Health Day will “highlight the current status of nursing around the world”.

WHO also pledges to make a “series of recommendations to strengthen” the nursing and midwifery workforce.

The year 2020 has also been designated by the World Health Assembly as the International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife.

Why is it celebrated

Put “quite simply”, without the aid of nurses there would have been “no response” to COVID-19 emergency or any other public health emergency.

The World Health Day is observed to celebrate the efforts put in by nurses and midwives, and “remind world leaders of the critical role [that] they play in keeping the world healthy”.

The WHO also released a ‘State of the World’s Nursing Report 2020’ which provides the “most up-to-date evidence on and policy options for the global nursing workforce”. The report also makes the case for higher investment in nursing education, jobs and leadership.

World Health Day 2020: Healthy choices to make today

1. Eat a balanced diet

Your diet can affect your health in various ways. As it is said, you are what you eat. A healthy and balanced diet can prevent several diseases. Your daily diet should include plenty of nutrients. Make sure that you add enough protein to your diet.

2. Maintain a healthy weight

 A healthy weight can help you reduce the risk of several diseases. Regular exercise and a healthy diet can help you maintain a healthy weight.

3. Give equal attention to your mental health

Many just focus on their physical health and do give the required attention to their mental health. Your mental health can affect your day to day activities. Simple practices like meditation or breathing exercises can help you stay stress-free and give a boost to your mental health. If you experience any symptoms related to your mental health, you must seek medical help immediately.

4. Don’t Smoke

Smoking can negatively affect more than your lungs. Even a single smoking session is bad for your health. You should follow strategies to quit smoking. If you are finding it hard to quit, seek medical help

5. Make water your most important drink of the day

You should drink more water throughout the day. Also try to replace sugary drinks with herbal teas, lemon water or detox water.Disclaimer: This content including advice provides generic information only. It is in no way a substitute for a qualified medical opinion. Always consult a specialist or your own doctor for more information. Educare does not claim responsibility for this information.