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Balogun assures of polio eradication as Rotary District Conference begins

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Past Assistant Governor and Chairman, District Conference Planning Committee, Kola Shodipo (left); District Governor, Dr. Dele Balogun; District Governor Nominee, Patrick Ikheloa; and Chairman, Publicity Sub-Committee, Yomi Olomofe at the press priefing.

Past Assistant Governor and Chairman, District Conference Planning Committee, Kola Shodipo (left); District Governor, Dr. Dele Balogun; District Governor Nominee, Patrick Ikheloa; and Chairman, Publicity Sub-Committee, Yomi Olomofe at the press priefing.<br />

THE District Governor, Rotary International, District 9110, which comprises Lagos and Ogun States, Dr. Dele Balogun said that polio virus was nearing extinction in the world.

He disclosed that the battle that started 25 years ago has left polio in only three countries including Nigeria, where in the last ten months, there was no report of any polio infection and if it continues, in about two months, World Health Organization (WHO) would certify Nigeria free as a non-endemic polio country.

He made this disclosure while addressing the media on the 33rd Annual District Conference of Rotary International with the theme: “Keep the service flame burning,” which would take place at Abeokuta, Ogun State, from May 13 to May 16, 2015.

“It is an opportunity for us in the District to meet all members of Rotary family and also a unique occasion to inspire and motivate all Rotarians to support the next administration in Rotary.
“It is an avenue for me to showcase what I have done within the last ten months and to prepare Rotarians for the International Convention that will come up in June,” he said.

Balogun said the programme would commence with a Gala Night on Wednesday while there would be three plenary sessions on Thursday after the opening ceremony that would be attended by the past Rotary International Director, who would represent the International President.

According to him, the Key Guest Speaker is former Health Minister and past District Governor, Prince Julius Adelusi while the National Chairman, Polio Plus Committee, Dr. Tunji Funsho will enlighten the committee on the stage of polio eradication.


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