Mumbai: Megastar Amitabh Bachchan, who is also a brand ambassador for polio vaccination drive, has ensured that his granddaughter Aaradhya, popularly known as Beti B, has got her vaccine dose.
The actor, who has been the goodwill ambassador for a UNICEF campaign on polio since 2005, was honoured for his contribution to the cause by the Rotary International on Thursday.
Speaking about Aishwarya and Abhishek Bachchan’s baby girl, he said “the little granddaughter was given a dose of polio two days back in my presence.”
According to UNICEF, only one case of polio was reported in India in 2011, as against 41 in 2010. “We must ensure that there are no polio cases for three consecutive years…we have just crossed one year. I feel we still have a long way to go,” Bachchan said.
“I am happy that my angry young man act campaign for polio has gone down well with the masses….We always have to ensure it does not re-penetrate again. One should not treat
this as a frivolous operation. We all have to continue working towards eradicating polio completely,” the 69-year-old actor said.
India should be alert to return of polio because the disease is prevalent in neighbouring countries too, he said.
Big B said he has been approached by UNICEF to support Save-Girl-Child campaign, which he would.