Prof Shwapnil becomes member of Rotary Bangladesh National PolioPlus Committee

Published : 03 Jul 2022 01:44 AM | Updated : 03 Jul 2022 02:01 PM

Prof Dr Mamun Al Mahtab Shwapnil has been appointed as the member of the Rotary Bangladesh National PolioPlus Committee (BNPPC) 2022-23.

“You have been selected for this prestigious position because I believe that you will add value to the committee given your experience and knowledge of Rotary, its Foundation and its programmes,” M Khairul Alam, National Chair, Bangladesh National PolioPlus Committee 2022-23, said in a letter to him.

Bangladesh is polio free. But the fight against the disease is going on due to the close proximity of Afghanistan and Pakistan where polio is still prevalent.

“I appreciate your outreach and I am here to support you as the National Chair of the committee who works closely with the Rotary International PolioPlus Committee Chairs. There are over 3 million newborn babies who join us every year and because of the close proximity of two countries (Afghanistan and Pakistan) where Polio is still prevalent, we must continue vaccinating everywhere,” read the letter.

Prof Shwapnil is the chief of the newly established department of interventional hepatology at the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU).

The University of Malaya recently conferred the PhD degree upon him for his outstanding contribution in developing advanced drug for Hepatitis B – Nasvac.

He passed MBBS from Mymensingh Medical College Hospital in 1995. He joined the Rotary movement there.

He was the President of Rotary Club of Dhaka Generation Next (Rotary district 3281) at the peak of the Covid-19 pandemic in 2022-2021.

Under his leadership, the club distributed PPE, hand sanitizers, food and cash support to the people, and also offered telemedicine services.

For that, he was awarded with the ‘Covid Hero’ award by the Rotary International. He also received the Rotary Club of Dhaka Generation Next Presidential Citation.

He is the ‘charter member’ of the club.

His appointment as the member of the PolioPlus Committee became effective on Friday when the new committee of the Rotary district 3281 took the charge in an installation ceremony held at the Bangabandhu International Convention Centre.