The World Health Organisation (WHO) today appointed celebrate Indian veteran actor Amitabh Bachchan as Goodwill Ambassador for the Hepatitis awareness programme in Southeast Asia region. He says nobody should suffer from the disease. He has been brought on board to boost awareness and intensify action to arrest the Hepatitis epidemic, the WHO announced in a statement.
The 74-year-old actor said he is happy to be the face of the Hepatitis awareness programme as it’ll help take the awareness about the disease to all corners of the country. “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,” he added.
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
He said government support is needed to come up with health related schemes and programmes to completely eradicate Hepatitis from the country. “If the government doesn’t support, we can’t get rid of it (Hepatitis). The government can give importance to Hepatitis through their health campaigns,” he added.