The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) is calling for fair access to health care in the Caribbean, saying that millions of people in the world still lack access to health care and that many are forced to choose between spending on health and other daily expenses.

PAHO estimated that in the Caribbean and the wider Americas, around one third of the population lacks access to health care.

Director of PAHO and Regional Director for the Americas of the World Health Organization (WHO), Dr. Carissa F Etienne stated that their main objective is that all people, no matter where they live, can access health care without restrictions and without serious financial difficulties.

PAHO said access and universal health coverage is the theme of World Health Day to be observed on Sunday with the slogan “Universal Health: everyone, everywhere” and focusing on primary health care (PHC), equity and solidarity.

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