Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Happy World Health Day

Today is World Health Day. Let's give thanks for the health that we have and the supports we have to keep it that way - fresh fruits and vegetables; clean drinking water; access to medical care; and the many other things we sometimes take for granted.

This is from the World Health Day website:
World Health Day 2009 focuses on the safety of health facilities and the readiness of health workers who treat those affected by emergencies. Health centres and staff are critical lifelines for vulnerable people in disasters - treating injuries, preventing illnesses and caring for people's health needs. Often, already fragile health systems are unable to keep functioning through a disaster, with immediate and future public health consequences.

This year, WHO and international partners are underscoring the importance of investing in health infrastructure that can withstand hazards and serve people in immediate need. They are also urging health facilities to implement systems to respond to internal emergencies, such as fires, and ensure the continuity of care.

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