Access to healthcare is not available to all humans on our planet, especially so to many South African where our People living in remote parts of the country have far less access to basic facilities in health care.
Every year on the 7th of April, The World Health Organization (WHO) with the support from its member nations celebrates WORLD HEALTH DAY
The day is celebrated to SPREAD INFORMATION and AWARENESS about the importance of health to human beings.
On a global scale, world health day is celebrated every year with a specific theme.
Issues and features listed with the theme are addressed throughout the year of operation by WHO; 2020 being DEPRESSION.
Focusing on DEPRESSION this year does not mean focus on other concerning Health Issues are forgotten, if merely suggests Health Organizations, like Hospice’s, add focus on Depression that is often associated with a life limiting /life threatening illness in both patients and family.
World Health Day 2020 theme
Depression – the theme that was the point of focus of world health day 2020.
Depressions is related to a kind of mental illness, wherein the mind of the affected person seems disturbed and imbalanced due to internal stress and unable to cope with reality.
The person may experience a total disconnection from the world around him and may be lost in his own thoughts. Depression is also cited as one of the main reasons people resort to suicides. Depression could affect every age group- from tiny tots to elders in their ripe old ages.
It is not age specific. The range of persons affected by this disease is huge.
But the good point is, depression is very much treatable and the right kind of help and approach would lead one to counsel the patient better and achieve good improvements in obtaining treatment for the same.
Depression is usually associated with dullness, boredom, even in carrying out daily tasks, not being able to enjoy life, unable to be happy, change in behaviour, eating habits, sleeping patterns, change in the way a person communicates etc.
A person could either eat too little or eat too much when he is in depression. This condition happens when he is not able to judge his hunger levels, but blindly takes in food not considering the signals sent from his appetite for want of food.
The campaign to treat depression aims to openly discuss the issue among people. It aims to reach out to people who may be in need of help and counseling.
It aims to lend a helping hand to families which are dealing with patients of depression in their homes.
Trying to identify patients with depression, helping them tackle the illness, provide treatment and solutions, carry out counseling sessions from time to time and bringing the person to normality are some of the activities that the organization plans to do as part of the theme.
SOME SOUTH AFRICAN STATS :
Statistics South Africa’s (Stats SA) General Household Survey (GHS) of 2018 shows that nationally, 71,5% of households said they go to public clinics, hospitals or other public institutions, while 27,1% of households said that they first consult a private doctor, private clinic or hospital.
The use of public health facilities was least common in Western Cape (56,1%), Free State (63,5%) and Gauteng (63,9%), and most common in Limpopo (86,1%), Eastern Cape (79,8%) and KwaZulu-Natal (79,0%).