70th World Health Day under President's patronage
[April 08 2018]
The 70th World Health Day of the World Health
Organization (WHO) was celebrated under the patronage of President
Maithripala Sirisena at the Nelum Pokuna Theatre in Colombo, today (07).
The main objective of the World Health Organization
established in 1948 is to enhance the health and wellbeing of the
world's population. For decades, the World Health Organization together
with other world partners and donor agencies has been fully supportive
in improving the health standard of Sri Lankans including developing
maternal and child health, nutrition and health care services.
The World Health Day is celebrated on the 7th of April
in every year under the patronage of World Health Organization (WHO),
and hosting it this time in Sri Lanka could be regarded as one of the
most prestigious international recognition for Sri Lanka.
The theme of this year's World Health Day is:
Universal health coverage: everyone, everywhere.
A first day cover and a commemorative stamp were
issued to mark the celebrations of the World Health Day in Sri Lanka and
the Post Master General Rohana Abeyratne presented it to the President.
The President also symbolically launched the e-Health
card and the National Health the Life TV channel.
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, Minister of
Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine Dr. Rajitha Senaratne, Deputy
Minister Faizal Casim, Director General of the World Health Organization
Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Regional Director for South-East
Asia Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh and representatives of the WHO
participated in this event.
Meanwhile, a special dinner hosted by President
Maithripala Sirisena in honour of representatives of the WHO including
the Director General of the WHO Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, was held
yesterday at the President's House in Colombo.
Courtesy : President's Media Division