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Updated: April 7, 2012 00:47 IST

Amitabh to be honoured for polio campaign

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Amitabh Bachchan
Amitabh Bachchan

In February, WHO took India off list of polio endemic nations

Actor Amitabh Bachchan, who has been the Goodwill Ambassador for Polio UNICEF campaign from 2005, will be honoured for his contribution to the cause.

The 69-year-old actor has fronted the polio eradication programme successfully.

“And the organisation that acknowledges social work for a cause, will honour yours truly for the work done as UNICEF ambassador for the fight against polio, which as you know has had some rather encouraging achievements,” Mr. Bachchan wrote on his blog.

In February, the World Health Organisation had taken India off the list of polio endemic countries.

The actor is happy to know that there has been no case of polio last year.

“For an entire year there has been no case of polio reported in the country for the first time since the campaign began. That is fantastic for a country plagued with the disease for years,” he said.

“A gentle pat on the back, if I may. There is more to come, and when it does I shall inform. It is for another cause I have worked on. A most rewarding experience,” the actor wrote. — PTI

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