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Goal to eradicate wild polio closer than ever: Sheikh Mohamed

Nandini Sircar/Abu Dhabi
Filed on October 24, 2020
Wam

Between July and September this year, 28 million vaccine doses were delivered and over 16 million children were reached by the Emirates Polio Campaign.

His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, has thanked medical workers for their relentless service to distribute polio vaccines to millions of kids across Pakistan amid pandemic-induced challenges.


"Through their dedicated efforts and the UAE’s continued cooperation with global partners, we can achieve a world without polio for future generations," tweeted Sheikh Mohamed on the occasion of World Polio Day on Saturday.


Between July and September this year, 28 million vaccine doses were delivered and over 16 million children were reached by the Emirates Polio Campaign, he said.


He also called for further action to eradicate wild polio from the world, now seen only in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Footage shared by Sheikh Mohamed showed how the Emirates Polio Campaign, launched in 2014, has worked on the ground to help eradicate the disease.


Michel Zaffran, director of the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) Polio Eradication Programme, commended the commitment of Sheikh Mohamed to fight polio. "Donors like @RLMglobalhealth @MohamedBinZayed are crucial in the fight to #EndPolio! We are stronger with your support, and together we will stand on the finish line when polio is finally eradicated," he wrote on Twitter.


nandini@khaleejtimes.com





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