The World Health Organisation WHO has called on governments to take urgent actions to protect health and mitigate climate crisis.

The UN health agency also called on organisations, corporations, and citizens to share actions taking to protect the planet and human health.

WHO made the call in a message to mark World Health Day, annually celebrated on April 7 to draw attention to a specific health topic of concern to people all over the world.

In its call-to-action, the UN health agency issued a shocking report on Monday, noting that 99 per cent of people breathe unhealthy air – mainly resulting from the burning of fossil fuels.

The UN health agency warned that the steadily heating world is seeing mosquito-borne diseases spreading farther and faster, than ever before.

It said that the COVID-19 pandemic had highlighted fault lines of inequity across the world, underlining the urgency of creating sustainable and healthy societies which do not breach ecological limits.

We need to ensure that all people have access to lifesaving and life-enhancing tools, systems, policies and environments, said the agency.