He stressed that the world has made great progress in combating the disease thanks to the dedication of health workers on the front lines
Mohamed bin Zayed: We reaffirm our contribution to building a polio-free world
His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, affirmed that the world has made great progress in the fight against polio, thanks to the courage of frontline workers in the health sector.
His Highness reiterated his contribution to building a world free of polio.
His Highness said in a tweet on Twitter, on the occasion of World Polio Day: "Thanks to the courage and dedication of health workers on the front lines, the world has made great progress in the fight against polio. On World Polio Day, and in cooperation with our global partners, we reiterate our emphasis on contributing in building a polio-free, safer and healthier world.”
On October 24 of each year, the World Health Organization celebrates World Polio Day, the day that coincides with the birthday of the American scientist Jonas Salk (1914-1995), who managed to develop the first effective vaccine against polio in 1955.
Polio is a highly contagious viral disease that invades the nervous system, and is capable of causing complete paralysis within hours. This disease primarily affects children under five years of age, and World Health Organization statistics indicate a decrease in polio rates from about 350 thousand cases recorded. In more than 125 countries, the disease was diagnosed in 1955 to 33 cases reported in 2018.
Since 2011, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, has provided $250 million, as a contribution from His Highness to humanitarian and charitable efforts to provide vaccines and finance polio vaccination campaigns, especially in the countries targeted by the initiative. , namely the Islamic Republic of Pakistan and the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.
The management of the UAE Project to Aid Pakistan announced the results of the Emirates campaign for polio vaccination, which was implemented in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan during the period from 2014 to the end of September 2021. The campaign succeeded in giving 583 million and 240,876 doses of vaccination against polio, during eight years For more than 102 million Pakistani children, in implementation of the directives of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the State, and the support of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, and with the follow-up of His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, to provide humanitarian and development assistance, support the health sector, and strengthen its preventive programs in Pakistan.
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