Rotary International District 9110 celebrates arrival of Polio Touch
THE commitment of members of Rotary International to eradicate polio is paying of as polio is near extinction in the world.
To further consolidate on the results so far accomplished in this direction, the Polio Touch from India has arrived in Nigeria.
This was disclosed at a media briefing by Rotary International, District 9110 at the Rotary Centre, GRA, Ikeja.
Speaking at the occasion, the District Governor, District 9110, comprising Lagos and Ogun States, Dr. Dele Balogun said the significance of the Touch in Nigeria was to celebrate the certification of India as a Polio free nation, which poses a challenge to Nigeria. He added that if Nigeria also succeeds in kicking out polio, Africa would be free of polio.
He declared: “Today is a special day for Rotary International. For 25 years, we have worked tirelessly with our partners, governments and friends; and have put in a lot of man-hours towards the eradication of polio in the world.
“Today, we have achieved 99.9 per cent success with polio remaining only in three countries – Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria.
“Nigeria is almost free of polio as the last case was recorded in July 24, 2014 and since then, there has been no reported case. In the next four months, as we continue to immunize the children and no other case of polio surfaces, Nigeria too will be certified free.”
He continued: “To this end, national immunization days will take place between April 25 and 27, when children under the age of five would be given polio vaccine.”
The Chairman, National Polio Plus Committee in Nigeria, Past District Governor, Dr. Tunji Funsho, on his part, said that it has become compulsory for parents to make available their children to receive polio vaccine.