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Rotary donates to curb polio recurrence in Nigeria

27 October 2015, 15:17

Lagos - Local immunisation and surveillance activities have received a major financial boost after Rotary International gave an additional US$6.9 million.

The Global Polio Eradication Initiative is spearheading the activities in Nigeria.

This comes hot on the heels of the historic success against polio in Nigeria and across the continent of Africa.

“As we celebrate world polio day in a time when we have been removed from the list of polio endemic countries we must remain vigilant and ensure that all children are immunised again polio until Nigeria is certified polio free and indeed the world is certified polio free,” said the Chairman of Rotary's Nigeria National Polio Plus Committee, Tunji Funsho.

“No child is safe from the polio virus until no more polio virus exists on this planet,” Funsho added.

Also read: Nigeria on 'relentless' drive to eradicate polio

Rotary is contributing  $26.8 million to African countries to thwart the recurrence of polio in the continent.

Outside of Africa, Rotary also announced grants to end the disease in Pakistan, Iraq and India.

In total, Rotary gives $40.4 million to end polio worldwide.

Rotary provides grant funding to polio eradication initiative partners United Nations Children’s Fund and World Health Organization, which work with the governments and Rotary members in polio-affected and high-risk countries to plan and carry out immunization activities.

To date, Rotary has contributed more than $1.5 billion to fight polio.

- CAJ News

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