World Hepatitis Day: Amitabh Bachchan calls for educating Aanganwadis

| Friday, July 29, 2016 - 12:50
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Amitabh Bachchan during an event organised on the World Hepatitis Day in Mumbai. (Photo: IANS)

New Delhi: Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan attended the World Hepatitis Day 2016 Symposium organised by the WHO and Union Ministry of Health & Family Welfare on Thursday in Mumbai. The 73-year-old actor stressed upon the importance of educating aanganwadis to help prevent disease among children and women.

“The government of Maharashtra has a wonderful scheme where they help and work along with what is commonly known as aanganwadi… I think it will be a wonderful idea if they (government) can include this process of how to educate these aanganwadis in hepatitis,” Amitabh Bachchan told reporters yesterday.

“Give them the opportunity that when they give or help a lady at birth, to also administer to them or teach them that they must have the vaccination done, which can prevent their child from getting hepatitis.”
The actor said there should be a fixed budget for the prevention and eradication of the disease.

Apart from Amitabh Bachchan, Union Health Minister J.P. Nadda and senior officials from the health ministry and WHO were also present at the event.


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