Health Is Man 's Natural Condition, His Birth Right Essay

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Health is man’s natural condition, his birth right. It is the result of living in accordance with the natural laws pertaining to the body, mind and environment. Health is multidimensional like socio-economic, environmental, educational, nutritional, curative and preventive. W.H.O.’s Constitution (1992) defines health as, “A state of complete physical, mental and social well being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. Health is important in every individual’s life and so we say “Health is Wealth”.
The World Development Report (1993) explained good health as a crucial part of well-being. It further asserted that spending on health can be justified on purely economic grounds. Improved health contributes to economic growth in four ways: it reduces production losses caused by worker illness, permits the use of natural resources that were totally or nearly inaccessible, as labour is normally poor and ill-educated, increases the attendance of children in schools and hence, learning ability and lastly, it makes possible use of resources that would otherwise have to be spent on treatment, a la “................scarce means, which have alternate use” (Robbins).
This, however, is debatable because many believe that poverty is the basic cause of ill-health. This leads one to wonder whether public spending on poverty alleviation programmes can be an alternate to public spending on health. However, the various poverty alleviation programmes in the past have not led to any
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