Lahore—The Punjab Emergency Operation Center announced Pakistan’s leading tennis player Ushna Suhail as their Youth Ambassador for Child Health at the Directorate General Health Services here on Wednesday.
The announcement was made in the provincial EOC in a meeting presided over by Director General Health Services Punjab. Syed Mukhtar Hussain who awarded the certificate to the player at a simple but impressive ceremony.
Officials of the Punjab Expanded Program on Immunization, UNICEF, WHO, Gates Foundations and Rotary International. The EOC is a joint platform of provincial health department and international development partners with the former providing strategic leadership.
Ushna Suhail, who is first Pakistani player to have achieved WTA World ranking since 2014 and won two bronze medals for Pakistan in the 12th South Asian Games in India recently, will serve as Youth Ambassador for Child Health especially polio and routine immunization.
She has represented Pakistan in Fed Cup consecutively for five years (2011-2015) and has won most number of singles and double matches for Pakistan. She also is first woman to have represented the country in Asian Games in Sept 2014.
She has won Monty Tour Spanish Tennis Tournament title in Barcelona and is also recipient of Prime Minister’s Certificate of Excellence and Chief Minister Award in recognition of tennis services at national and international competitions. She has received training at Kim Clijsters Academy in Belgium, Sania Mirza Tennis Academy in India and Asian Tennis Academy in Bangkok.
Dr. Syed Mukhtar Hussain Syed said polio had negative symbolism for the country and hence was declared a national emergency. He said given the scale of polio as a national problem, the health department needed support from all national figures. He thanked Ushna for coming forward for immunization and polio eradication.
Ushna said she was honored to have been given the opportunity to serve her nation. “This is a great honour for me and I will do my best to carry the message of immunization across to all parents. As a role model for children are our future Sports figures have an obligation towards their people and I will always be there for voluntary work towards immunization”, she added.
The tennis player further shared her experiences and said Pakistan’s brighter side needs to be shown to the world and sports figures serve as ambassadors to their country need to show this side of the country.
Later she visited the Govt Girls School Ichra.