President M Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina greeted their countrymen on the occasion of Jatiya Tika Dibosh (National Vaccination Day) 2020 on Friday.
In his message, President Abdul Hamid said polio is a deadly disease for children; children with this disease suffer from paralysis and then, in some cases, die, reports BSS.
The head of the state added that a global polio vaccination programme has now made it possible to eradicate the disease.
Bangladesh has also succeeded in eradicating polio, he said, adding that the year-long vaccination programme across the country has played an important role in eradicating polio.
He said it is important to continue the polio vaccination programme in the country as not all countries on the subcontinent are completely polio-free.
In her message, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina praised the contribution of the Rotary Clubs of Bangladesh saying that they (Rotary Clubs) are going to issue a special supplement on the Polio Vaccination Programme.
The premier said that the role of Rotarians in eradicating polio worldwide is undeniable.
Bangladesh is ahead of many countries in eradicating polio, she said, adding that Bangladesh became polio-free in 2006 but the country is not safe as there are still polio cases in neighbouring countries like Pakistan and Afghanistan.
That is why the polio vaccination programme must continue, Hasina added.
She went on saying that Bangladesh has made a lot of progress with the immunisation programme.
Almost every child in Bangladesh is covered by the immunisation programme, which has resulted in a significant reduction in infant and maternal mortality rates, she said. She added that Bangladesh received the Vaccine Hero Award from Gavi in 2019, which she was handed on 23 September, 2019 in New York.