Former President of Ethiopia, Girma Wolde-Giorgis, was honoured on Sunday with the ‘Rotary International Polio Free Award’.
President Girma achieved a polio-free Ethiopia during his last five years in office.
The award ceremony was held at the National Presidential (Jubilee) Palace.
The ceremony was attended by President Dr. Mulatu Teshome, Health Minister, Dr. Kesetebirhan Admasu and longstanding Rotary partners in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative.
President Mulatu said on the occasion that eradicating polio from Ethiopia and Africa calls for concerted efforts of governments and stakeholders.
He thanked Rotary International for its anti-polio interventions over the years and pledged Ethiopia’s continued support in future undertakings.
Dr. Kesetebirhan for his part said Ethiopia has intensified the fight against polio following the outbreak of new polio cases in Galadi and Bohk woredas of Dollo Zone, Somali Regional state.