Bill Gates, who is known worldwide for his humanitarian initiatives, wrote: “I am deeply grateful for the efforts of partners such as the President of the UAE, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, who have helped reduce the global polio burden by 99.9 percent. and have prevented an estimated 20 million children from becoming paralyzed.”
“Together we can overcome the last obstacles and achieve a polio-free world,” he added.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, president of the United Arab Emirates, praised global efforts to eradicate polio, in a tweet he posted to his personal Twitter account on Wednesday.
Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed wrote on Twitter: “We appreciate the efforts of the heroes of polio eradication initiatives around the world.”
He added: “On the occasion of ‘World Polio Day’, we renew our determination, in collaboration with partners, to continue our efforts to fight disease and promote development in societies.”
The UAE took part in the global celebrations of World Polio Day, which fell on October 24 this year.
The UAE is internationally acclaimed for its active role in the eradication of polio and for its contributions to funding efforts to fully eradicate this disease worldwide. The UAE plays an important role in tackling global diseases and epidemics and in eradicating many diseases as this humanitarian goal embodies Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan’s vision for the right of societies to a healthy life, in which development is a priority, and its residents live a life of dignity.
The UAE is at the forefront of international efforts to eradicate polio, allocating more than $376 million to eradicate the disease from His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, president of the state, may God protect him, and the success of the UAE polio vaccination campaign in delivering approximately 600 million doses to children in Pakistan, leading to a significant reduction in infections.