Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Nagaland: RCD celebrates ‘World Polio Day’

Rotary Club of Dimapur (RCD) celebrated “World Polio Day” on Monday, by organising a series of programmes.
In a press release, RCD stated that a special meeting was convened to commemorate World Polio Day at Rotary Centre, Midland, wherein, guest speaker, district immunisation officer, Dimapur, Dr. Rebecca Y Sema highlighted various steps to make the world polio free by.
Informing that polio cases had decreased from 350000 cases per year 30 years ago to only 27 cases in 2022, Dr. Rebecca lauded the efforts of Rotary International, in polio eradication.
She explained about various surveillance systems put in place by the government health authorities to detect polio and informed about the new advances in other vaccine preventable diseases available free of cost apart from COVID.
Dr. Rebecca requested Rotary Club to continue being proactive in their efforts by giving a harder push to achieve zero polio cases.
She was also conferred the honorary membership of Rotary Club of Dimapur for her efforts towards polio eradication in the state.
In his speech, coordinator of WG meal, an organisation of rotarians collecting funds for polio eradication, R.S. Panesar stressed on the continuous efforts being made by Rotary International to achieve zero level polio cases in Pakistan and Afghanistan.
He spoke about the hardships faced by polio volunteers in both the countries and narrated Rotary International president, Jennifer Jones’ recent visit to Pakistan, to promote polio eradication with the help of local Rotary and political leaders.
“Rotary is not celebrating polio but celebrating the success of efforts made by millions of healthcare workers to bring polio to almost zero level cases”, he stated.
Club’s Rotary Foundation Chair (funding body of Rotary for polio eradication), Pradip Kumar Jain introduced two polio survivors who became entrepreneurs and honoured them through presentation of mementoes.
RCD informed that various “end polio now” banners were put up at the main traffic points in the city; members took pledge to donate to the polio eradication fund of Rotary Foundation this month while the two polio survivors turned entrepreneurs also joined club members by pledging donations towards Rotary Foundation’s Polio Fund.
The meeting ended with a religious discourse on “Bhagvat Geeta & Krishna Consciousness” by Dr R.K. Pahuja, a lawyer from Mumbai.

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