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Rotarians celebrate the near eradication of polio

  • Banners will be hung to mark World Polio Day. AW Gilmore—Courtesy

Published: 10/23/2021 1:52:11 PM

Concord Rotarys celebrate World Polio Day on Oct. 24. Both the Capital City Sunrise Rotary Club and the Concord Rotary Club sponsor the World Polio Day Banners on Main Street in Concord. Please take a moment to reflect on this dreadful disease and the progress that was recognized with the help of Rotarians around the world.

The World Polio Day was initiated by the Rotary Foundation nearly a decade ago with an aim of complete eradication of Polio virus from all the parts of the world. Rotary club is a partner in the Global Polio eradication Program with organizations like- World Health Organization, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and U.S. Centre for Disease Control and Prevention. Global Polio Eradication Initiative was launched by the Rotary International and World Health Organization in 1988, when there were nearly 350000 cases of polio in 125 countries.

Though, till 2013 many of the countries were declared polio free, still countries like Pakistan and Afghanistan were witnessing rare occurrence of the disease and there was still a constant threat of the disease to reappear in any part of the world. Therefore, a need to celebrate World Polio Day was felt, to completely eradicate Polio virus globally through general awareness for vaccination, prevention and raising funds for different programs.

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