Updating medicina del lavoro Statement – Union Nation High- Level Meeting on Universal Health Coverage (September 23 2019).
Online first published on offical webpage: High Level Meeting Statements on UHC – On 23 September 2019, the President of the General Assembly convened the United Nations High-Level Meeting on Universal Health Coverage (here available also in pdf format).
Thank you Chair and thank you everybody here.
This is an honour for me.
As stated by SDGs , point 38 and others from the political declaration , it seems to be essential global implementation, strengthening and involvement of occupational health services (OHS) in order to achieve Universal Health Coverage promoting equality.
In less developed countries it is necessary to include no cost access to OHS as a minimal health standard in each context and territory  thanks to the well-known experience about occupational and other health actions at workplace on small homogeneous group of workers and on local communities and leaders. Regular and close relationship between “ethical”  occupational physicians and Local Health Services can surely help in prevention and health promotion campaigns eliminating disparities [5,6,7,8,9,10,11] .
In developed countries OHS can contain occupational and resurgent poverty diseases and it can improve social inclusion for immigrants, marginalized, discriminated and all vulnerable workers .
In order to achieve these objectives it is surely necessary the political will and the legislative support but it is also urgent to reinforce the health workforce globally .
Thank you [*].
Lucio Fellone MD (firstname.lastname@example.org) –
Coordinator of Updating medicina del lavoro
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* Special thanks for the inspiration to Occupational Medicine Prof. Giuseppe Battista and Dr. Francesco Loi.