Wasim Akram named polio ambassador
Legendary cricketer Wasim Akram has been announced as the Polio Ambassador as part of celebration of World Polio Day.
Wasim Akram and Coordinator National Emergency Operations Centre, signed an agreement today in presence of Dr. Zafar Mirza, Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Health, Aida Girma, Country Representative of UNICEF in Pakistan, and Dr. Palitha Mahipala, WHO Representative in Pakistan.
Under this agreement, Wasim Akram will provide support to the Polio programme to raise awareness on the importance of polio vaccine at various public events.
Wasim Akram will also conduct events with polio workers to highlight and commend their contribution to the fight against polio.
“Protecting children of Pakistan from the crippling disease of polio remains the top priority of the government,” said Dr. Zafar Mirza while welcoming Wasim Akram as Polio Ambassador.
“I urge all scholars, intellectuals, opinion leaders and influential people to play their role in voicing their support for this cause”. I am confident, together with our more than 260,000 heroes of Polio Eradication programme, soon we will achieve goal of polio-free Pakistan.”
Wasim Akram, the Polio Ambassador, expressed his commitment to work closely with the government and partners to eradicate polio. “Pakistan and Afghanistan are the only two countries in the world struggling to halt the circulation and transmission of wild poliovirus.
All children of Pakistan deserve a life free from vaccine preventable diseases This is a national cause. We need to commit ourselves to ensure vaccination of all children under the age of five. All children of Pakistan deserve a life free from vaccine preventable diseases,” he said.
The World Polio Day is observed every year on 24th October to commemorate the fight against polio and pay tribute to the efforts of polio workers.
This year World Polio Day focuses on “Heroes of Polio Eradication” and “Progress – Past and Present.”
These themes recognize the contributions of the polio workers, innovators and donors who fund and support efforts to reach every child with the polio vaccine as well as amplify stories that demonstrate how the programme overcomes challenges to advance progress against polio. T
he present government has given high priority to eradicate poliovirus and is committed to make Pakistan polio-free. Provinces have organized various events to mark World Polio Day.