Donation to fight polio

2017-11-07 06:00
The Rotary Club of Claremont has donated money for worldwide polio vaccinations.

The Rotary Club of Claremont has donated money for worldwide polio vaccinations.

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The Rotary Club of Claremont donated R100 000 to celebrate World Polio Day on Tuesday 24 October. This was an attempt by the club to encourage the public to celebrate the awareness day and recognise the great success that one vaccine has had towards eliminating the disease.

Liz Rose, president of the Rotary Club of Claremont and a former community nurse, says: “We must ensure that not a single child is left unvaccinated. Polio is incurable but completely vaccine-preventable. While we celebrate World Polio Day and the success of the vaccine, we are equally aware that the fight is not yet over.”

She says the local club is one of many worldwide that participate in the effort to make sure that children do not get polio, through their monetary donations to Polio Plus, the international Rotary Club’s initiative to eradicate polio ­worldwide.

She says the initiative is a partnership between Rotary, the World Health Organisation, Unicef, the United States Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and governments around the world.

“South Africa has been polio-free for 20 years and awareness must be raised that we have beaten the disease. There is no cure, but there are safe and effective vaccines,” says Rose.

She says the virus has been eradicated globally except in Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan.

Vyv Deacon, representative of the Rotary Foundation, which is a part of Polio Plus, says the donation is “brilliant”.

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