Veteran Actor Appointed As WHO Goodwill Ambassador For Hepatitis AwarenessMay 12, 2017 17:30
Veteran actor of Bollywood, Amitabh Bachan was appointed as the World Health Organization (WHO) Goodwill Ambassador for the Hepatitis awareness in the South - East Asia region.
The renowned Indian actor who himself is a conqueror of Hepatitis B, says nobody should suffer from the disease.
The WHO announced in a statement, that the veteran actor has been brought on board to boost awareness and intensify action to arrest the Hepatitis epidemic. Amitabh said, “I am absolutely committed to the cause of Hepatitis. As a person living with Hepatitis-B, I know the pain and sufferings that Hepatitis causes. No one should ever suffer from viral Hepatitis.”
In his capacity, the actor will lend his voice and support to public awareness programmes that aim to scale up preventive measures and advocate for early diagnosis and treatment of viral Hepatitis to reduce the disease burden.
WHO Regional Director for southeast Asia (WHO), Poonam Khetrapal Singh, said, “Mr Bachchan’s association with WHO will to help strengthen the UN health agency’s efforts in reducing the high numbers of premature deaths and illnesses from viral Hepatitis which is not only causing hardships to individuals and families, but also impacting health and development across the region.”
Union Health Minister JP Nadda said in a video message said, Mr Bachchan’s voice is one that is listened to by people across the country, regardless of cultural, social or economic background and can make real change possible. We have witnessed this in polio eradication.”
Earlier, Amitabh had served as Unicef Goodwill Ambassador for the polio eradication campaign in India, and has been supporting and promoting various health and related issues in the country such as childhood immunization programme, anti-tuberculosis campaign and “Clean India” initiative.
The actor, who had suffered from tuberculosis and overcame the disease, launched a mobile application named “ABC of Breast Health”, which provides detailed information about breast cancer in 12 Indian languages in March.