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Rotaractors caution against relapse in polio eradication


As Nigeria nears its polio-free certification, the Rotaract District 9110 Nigeria and the Rotaract Club of Lagos (UNILAG) has held a ‘Let’s Talk Polio’ seminar to enlighten members, humanitarian service partners and members of the public on kicking out polio from Nigeria and ensuring a polio-free world.  
With the theme ‘Achieving a polio-free world: possibilities and challenges’, participants were urged not to relent in the fight against polio to avoid a relapse of the previous gains. The seminar was declared opened by Constance Jaiyeola, the District Rotaract Representative with a welcome address by Jones Taiwo, president Rotaract Club of Lagos (UNILAG).

Speaking at the seminar, Dr. Omowunmi Bakare, lecturer and consultant public health physician at the Lagos State University College of Medicine, Ikeja, who also doubles as president, Medical Women’s Association of Nigeria (MWAN), Lagos branch, commended the spirited efforts of the Federal Government and partners of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative like Rotary International, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, World Health Organization (WHO), United Nations International Children’s Emergency Funds (UNICEF), among others.


She stressed that all hands must be on deck to ensure the vaccination of under five-year-old children and advocate for a hygienic environment in the polio eradication campaign.

Mr. Cosmas Okoli, former president of the Special Sports Federation of Nigeria, spoke about his experience living with the paralytic effect of polio and admonished victims to triumph over the crippling condition by succeeding against all odds in their chosen field of human endeavour .

Also present were Dr. Jide Akeredolu, the District 9110 Governor; Rtn. Victoria Kuteyi, District 9110 Polio Plus Committee Chair; Dr. Japhet Olugbogi, Medical Officer of Health, Apapa-Iganmu LCDA, Lagos; and Rtn. Busola Satuyi, the Youth Service Chair (District 9110), among others. 

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