Rotary International says sensitisation key to polio eradication

 Rotary International Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Emeka Offor, says sensitisation
is key to eradicating polio from the world.

He said this while unveiling a special billboard at Police Sign Post, Lugbe, Abuja, sponsored by the Sir Emeka Offor Foundation to mark World Polio Day.


Established by Rotary International over a decade ago to commemorate the birth of Jonas Salk, who led the first team to develop a vaccine against poliomyelitis, the day is annually celebrated on Oct. 24 to raise awareness and
resources in support of polio eradication efforts around the globe.

Offor said he felt better, encouraged and determined to continue advocating until polio was eradicated from the world.

He commended his polio team for efforts in making the foundation exceptional and encouraged the team members to put more effort.

Mrs Ijeoma Okoro, the past district Rotary Governor and member of Sir Emeka Offor Foundation Committee, said Offor had erected many billboards on polio advocacy in the country.


She said that the billboards were at Onitsha, Awka, Asaba, Umuahia and Port Harcourt.

Okoro added that the advocacy on polio eradication was to make sure that Nigeria and the entire world got rid of the disease.

She reiterated the foundation’s  determination to work toward making the world a better place and commended Sir Emeka Offor
“for his continuous commitment to humanity.”

In a separate interview, Dr Victor Onukwugha, the District Governor of Rotary International, said polio was a major programme of
the organisation.

He said that the insurgency in the North East never stopped Rotary International from working, “especially
in immunization of children in Internally Displaced People’s  camps and other areas.