Sri Lanka has been given the honour of hosting this year’s globally, recognized World Health Day. During the ongoing 142nd Session of the Executive Board of the World Health Organisation (WHO) in Geneva, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director General announced on Monday that the World Health Day 2018 will be celebrated in Sri Lanka under the theme “Universal Health Coverage (UHC)”.
The DG, congratulating Sri Lanka which celebrates the 70th anniversary of its independence next month, said "there is no more fitting place for this event, as you know, Sri Lanka has a long history of providing free healthcare for its people.”
In response Minister of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine, Dr. Rajitha Senaratne, who is attending the WHO Executive Board as a member, thanked the Director General of the WHO on the selection of Sri Lanka to celebrate this important event. He said Sri Lanka looks forward to welcoming Dr. Tedros and high-level officials of the WHO including the Regional Director, SEAR to this event, according to a media release issued by the Sri Lanka mission in Geneva. – ENDS -