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Rotary Club celebrates World Polio Day with golf tourney

Rotary Club celebrates World Polio Day with golf tourney”

Polio is an infectious disease that can strike at any age but mainly affects children under five, is very contagious and is spread by swallowing contaminated food or water, or by direct contact with an infected person. The poliovirus has taken refuge in some of the most challenging and dynamic environments in the world, it added. Polio is incurable but completely vaccine preventable. The Brewery to Brewery 0.5K is created to show activity in downtown as well as get area citizens to ask questions about the global fight to end polio. Great progress has been made against the disease since then.

Clitheroe and Ribblesdale Rotary Clubs and its members have been committed to fighting to eradicate polio across the world for more than 30 years.

To actually apart of this eradication of polio is phenomenal. Various worldwide bodies and aid organisations consider these areas as the last bastion for polio for multiple reasons, including lack of infrastructure, remote locations, conflict and resistance to vaccination. In the near future, the World Health Organization will be declaring Nigeria polio free.

Dr Mirza highlighted the importance of strengthening synergies between the polio eradication programme and the Expanded Programme on Immunization (EPI) as well as other programmes delivering integrated services such as the Ehsaas programme, so communities that are vulnerable for polio also receive other critical interventions that will improve their lives. Polio can lead to paralysis and although there is no cure, there is a safe and effective vaccine. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has pledged to match that two-to-one, for a total yearly contribution of $150 million.

Since the establishment of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, GPEI, in 1988, the World Health Organisation, WHO, noted that wild polio cases have decreased by over 99 percent, with 33 reported cases in 2018.

The Louis Trichardt Rotary club has been committed to the eradication-of-polio initiative since 1986 and contributed substantial funding via a number of fundraising efforts where club members and members of the public contributed time and funds for this deserving world initiative.

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