Promoting a Global Vision
World Health Day, celebrated on April 7th every year, aims to raise global awareness about pressing health issues. In 2022, the theme “Our Planet, Our Health” underscored the interconnection between environmental well-being and personal health. Let’s delve into this year’s theme and its significance.
Oral Health: A Vital Aspect
Amidst the pandemic, environmental concerns, and rising diseases, World Health Day 2022 emphasized the importance of oral health. An unhealthy mouth not only affects our physical health but also has profound impacts on our emotional, social, and mental well-being. It’s time to be proud of our mouths for a happier, healthier life.
Oral Health in India
In India, approximately 1.5 lakh dentists strive to serve a population of 1.3 billion people. Shockingly, 72% of these individuals reside in rural areas, often lacking access to proper oral care. Dental caries, periodontal diseases, and oral cancer are common issues that affect people of all ages. Moreover, conditions like cleft lip and palate continue to impact the population, and oral lesions are prevalent among patients with HIV/AIDS.
On World Health Day, it’s crucial to raise awareness about oral health and its significance. Dr. Praveen Kumar, an expert in endodontics and implantology, highlights the need to enhance determinants of oral health, integrate preventive services into general healthcare, and reduce morbidity from oral diseases to improve oral health in India.
Universal Health Coverage
Dr. Ramesh Kancharla, Chairman & Managing Director of Rainbow Children’s Hospitals, stresses the importance of universal health coverage. Over the past two decades, Rainbow Children’s Hospital has played a pivotal role in reducing infant mortality rates and enhancing child care services. They are committed to creating accessible specialist child care, emphasizing the path towards a healthy society and planet for future generations.
In conclusion, World Health Day 2022’s theme encourages us to consider the crucial link between our environment and our health, with a specific focus on oral health and universal care. Prioritizing these aspects can lead to a healthier and more sustainable future for all.