The World Health Organization (WHO) has recently expressed its concern about the difficulties faced by the health infrastructure in some countries of the world.
The institution published a new report of the World Bank. between findings They found that nearly 1 billion people living in low- and lower-middle-income countries must attend health facilities that are struggling with their infrastructure: either no electricity or “unreliable” power service.
The WHO said the number of people attending health care institutions matches the population of countries without access to electricity, such as the United States, Indonesia, Pakistan and Germany.
“Access to electricity is essential to the provision of quality healthcare, from childbirth to dealing with emergencies such as heart attacks or offering life-saving vaccines. Without reliable electricity to all health facilities, universal health coverage cannot be achieved.” As indicated by WHO through a statement in which it has reviewed the report.
is that both basic and complex health technologies require electricity. For example, for lighting, equipment for measuring vital signs, for cooling communications and medicines. This is especially important to guarantee the correct use of vaccines and the execution of surgeries, which require significant amounts of light.
the report is called Energizing Health: Accelerating Access to Electricity in Health Centers And showed the latest data on the electrification of health infrastructure in hundreds of countries around the world.
But, it is not just limited to diagnostics, as the report also provides data on investments required to achieve better electrification in health centres. In addition, it made recommendations to governments and stakeholders interested in resolving the situation.
“Access to electricity in health centers can make the difference between life and death”, said Maria Neira, WHO Assistant Director-General for Healthy Populations.
“Investing in reliable, clean and sustainable electricity for healthcare facilities is not only critical to pandemic preparedness, but alsoThere is a great need for achieving universal health coverage as well as enhancing resilience and adaptation to climate change.” Neera added.
The WHO has expressed concern that there are countries in the regions of South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa where One in ten health facilities do not have electricity.
In turn, half of health institutions in sub-Saharan Africa do not have a reliable source of electricity.
“There are also serious disparities in access to electricity within countries, Rural primary health care centers and health facilities are less likely to have access to electricity than hospitals and facilities in urban areas”, WHO pointed out.
This multilateral body believes that improving electricity coverage in these health institutions can have a positive impact on access to this fundamental right for millions of people and, therefore, should be one of the top priorities for development.
In a World Bank analysis, which was included in the report, It found that around 64% of healthcare institutions in low- and middle-income countries need at least one “urgent intervention”.
This means that they require an electricity connection to be installed or a power plant to guarantee that the power does not go out. To achieve this, the WHO said, there is an “urgent” need for about $4.9 billion to bring them to a minimum level of electrification.