Vail Rotary fights to end polio worldwide with Pints for Polio

Local Polio Survivor Speaks to Recognize World Polio Day

Decorah Rotary participating in World Polio Day Tuesday

World Polio Day is sponsored by Rotary International and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Since 1985, when Rotary launched its PolioPlus program to tackle polio through the vaccination of children, Rotary has contributed more than $1.7 billion and many volunteer hours to vaccinate more than 2.5 billion children in 122 countries.

According to Funsho, there is need to educate Nigerians on the importance of the battle against polio, warning that negative impact on the battle might lead to the return of polio in the country.

"We have been making effort to debunk it and we are happy that some traditional rulers have also joined in the education of their subjects that polio vaccines have nothing to do with monkey pox".

The message to world leaders is clear: support the final push to achieve eradication now while the goal has never been closer, or face the potential consequences of a new polio pandemic that could disable millions of children within a decade.

Fast Facts about Polio and Rotary's fight against it: 1988, when the Global Polio Eradication Initiative began, polio paralysed more than 1000 children worldwide every day.

"So far, polio eradication has consumed $300 million in Nigeria and the immunisation exercise has been going on smoothly, except in the North East where there were challenges of the Boko Haram".

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