“WHO Director-General Special Recognition Award” was given to Union Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan for his successful work on banning tobacco.
Monday, (31.05.2021) was celebrated as world no tobacco day. Every year a theme will be selected. This year’s theme is “Commit to Quit”. Union Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan took a pledge on Monday to be away from consuming tobacco.
WHO on Sunday revealed the fact that smoking persons are more vulnerable to covid 19. Those who smoke will get more complications in covid 19, which may lead up to death. Health Minister reminded these facts on Monday.
“Pleased to award Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Flag of India Health Minister, with the special recognition for tobacco control. His leadership was instrumental in the 2019 national legislation to ban E-cigarettes & heated tobacco products. Thank you, Minister!”, WHO chief Tedros Adhenom Ghebreyesus tweeted.
Every year WHO awards the achievers for their accomplishments in the area of no tobacco. The award is given in the name of the “WHO Director-General Special Recognition Award”. This year the recognition by WHO was to award Dr. Harsh Vardhan for his contribution to making a tobacco-free society. Receiving the award, Union Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan replied “Thank you” friend, and said it is his personal idea to free society from tobacco.
“Thank you my dear friend Dr. Tedros for bestowing this honor upon me. Tobacco-free homes and tobacco-free society continue to remain important personal missions in my life, both of which I have been working towards since the last three decades,” a tweet from Minister Harsh Vardhan.