The Former Rotary International President and the Rotary Foundation Trustee Chairman, Dong Kurn Lee, who has been on a five-day visit to Nigeria with the wife, Young, has commissioned the Polio House at the Rotary International Secretariat, GRA, Ikeja and Mobile Polio Billboards, too.
Dong and his wife were received in Nigeria by the District Governor, Rotary International, District 9110, which comprise Lagos and Ogun States, Olugbemiga Olowu.
According to the Chairman, Rotary International, National Polio Plus Committee, Dr. Tunji Funsho, the Polio House commissioned has been dedicated to polio in the country. “The purpose of the building is to create space for our staff to work and to afford Rotary Volunteer Staff to co-ordinate with Rotary in the effort to eradicate polio in Nigeria.”
“The house is also to serve as a legacy after polio has been eradicated in Nigeria.”
“This building that was constructed within the space of eight months at the cost of
N10, 000,000 will be kept as a memoire towards the effort we made to end polio in Nigeria.”
“Our happiness today is that the result of our efforts to end polio in Nigeria has been very encouraging,” he said. Funsho said he could recall that about six years ago, there were more than 2,000 cases of polio in Nigeria, which was reduced to three last year with only one case this year.
The Chairman, however, reiterated that “one case of polio is one case too much” and that until the last infected child is immunized and free from polio, the work cannot be considered to have been completed.
He disclosed that the only one case left is in Kano State and that with the support of Rotary International technical partners, polio would be eradicated in Nigeria at the end of this year.