World Polio Day: Rotary takes campaign to Abuja communities.
The Rotary Club District 9125 has begun fresh moves to stem the outbreak of the Wild Polio Virus (WPV) as it rolls out campaigns across Abuja communities ahead of the 2016 World Polio Day.
Briefing newsmen in Abuja yesterday, the past District Governor and Vice Chairman of the Nigeria National PolioPlus Committee (NNPPC), Dr. Kazim Mustapha, has said that effort has been heightened to completely wipe out polio after a recent outbreak of the virus in Borno State.
The 2016 World Polio Day with the theme, ‘Kick Polio Out of Nigeria’ will hold by October 24 to review efforts and campaigns against the spread of the polio, a virus that has led to the paralysis of many Nigerians mostly at infant age.
The District, covering the northern states and four others in the West, has activated five rounds of polio immunizations and campaigns to reach out to 18 northern states, five states around Borno and the provinces around Lake Chad Basin as well as a nationwide immunization.
He further urged philanthropists to support the funding for immunization saying, “For as little as 60 cents worth of vaccine, a child can be protected against polio for life. There is therefore a consistent need to mobilize more funds and other resources until the job of final eradication is done.”
Mustapha noted that since the global initiative on polio began 26 years ago, Rotary has contributed over $1.6billion and many volunteer hours to protect over two billion children in 122 countries, including Nigeria. “This has helped in reducing polio cases by 99.9 per cent worldwide.

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