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Polio: Rotary urges members, partners to redouble efforts to end polio



Rotary International has appealed to its members and global partners to redouble their efforts to end polio in Nigeria and obtain the “International Polio-free Certification.”

Dr. Barry Rassin, the President of the organisation, made the appeal on Monday at a Rotary District 9142 “End Polio Now Variety Show’’ held in Enugu.

News Agency of Nigeria recalls that the last case of polio in Nigeria was recorded on Aug. 21, 2016, while the country would get the “International Polio-free Certification’’ on Aug. 21 this year, having maintained polio-free status for three years.

Rassin, represented by Dr. Tunji Funsho, the Chairman of Nigeria National Polio-Plus Committee, said that the event was aimed at creating more awareness about polio eradication and raising fund for the initiative.

He urged Rotarians and humanity in general to work hard towards making the world completely polio-free.

He said: “I must commend Rotarians for their efforts and financial contributions towards the realisation of a polio-free world.

“I assure you that Rotary International is totally committed to that noble goal.’’

Rassin also commended Nigerian Rotarians for contributing about 17 million US dollars to the global fight against polio.

Dr. Dan Ajawara, the Governor of Rotary International District 9142, lauded presidents of Rotary clubs in the district for their resilience and commitment to polio eradication.

Also, Dr. Eddy Ndibuagu, District Polio-Plus Chairman, said that District 9142 had contributed over $80,000 US dollars to Rotary Foundation Polio Fund (RFPF) this Rotary year.

Ndibuagu said that he was optimistic that by June 30, when the Rotary year would end, the district would have significantly surpassed the contribution to polio fund.

He said that Rotary Club of Eziukwu, Aba, raised $19,527.56 US dollars, which he described as the highest amount raised by any club in the district.

NAN reports that highlights of the event included the presentation of a 4-track music campact disk (CD) produced by the District Polio-Plus Chairman, Dr. Eddy Ndibuagu, in support of Rotary International Polio Eradication Initiative.

Copies of the CD disks would be sold by the district and the proceeds paid into the RFPF.

Rotary District 9142 is made up of Abia, Akwa Ibom, Anambra, Cross River, Ebonyi, Enugu and Imo states.