Inequities in healthcareBMJ 2019; 365 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.l2357 (Published 30 May 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;365:l2357
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Life is precious act at once to save migrants and refugees when they are diseased
Ratified international human rights standards and conventions exist to protect the rights of migrants and refugees, including their right to health. Nevertheless, many refugees and migrants often lack access to health services and financial protection for health.
The recent large-scale population movement has posed epidemiological and health system challenges, to which public health and health systems must adjust.
As per WHO there are an estimated 1 billion migrants in the world today of whom 258 million are international migrants and 763 million internal migrants (one in seven of the world’s population). 68 million of the world’s internal and international migrants are forcibly displaced today. This rapid increase of population movement has important public health implications, and therefore requires an adequate response from the health sector.
As human beings, health of an individual or a group should not be discriminated on the basis of age sex race religion Socioeconomic status and on immigration and citizenship status.
It is the duty of all health personnel to provide health care services to the refugees without any denial or delay in the form of documents verification etc.
Life is precious and act at once to save migrants and refugees
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