Most of the world, except Pakistan and Afghanistan, is polio-free. Still Rotarians urge people to continue immunising their children against the dreadful virus. Though India is officially Polio-free since March 2014, there is every chance of children contracting the disease when the virus is still lurking in our neighbouring countries. The virus knows no borders and it can spread from a polio-affected person visiting from countries where it is still present, reiterate Rotary leaders in India.
October 24, observed as the World Polio Day, marks the birth anniversary of Jonas Salk who developed a vaccine to protect children from polio. On this day, several clubs created mass awareness through rallies and programmes, urging people to get their children immunised on the NIDs and keep their surroundings healthy.
A glimpse into some of the events:
A car rally to spread awareness on Measles, Rubella and Polio was jointly organised by the INPPC, RI Districts 3011, 3012 and the Inner Wheel District 301. INPPC Chair Deepak Kapur and DG Vinay Bhatia flagged off the rally at various locations. RIPN Sushil Gupta and RID C Basker addressed a huge gathering at the culmination of the rally. Officials from the WHO and UNICEF also participated in the programme.
PRID Ashok Mahajan flagged off a car rally in Mulund, Mumbai, where 125 Rotarians and several Rotaractors participated.
RIPN Sushil Gupta and Vinita who were in Kolkata for a felicitation event, flagged off a car rally from the Rotary Sadan. Around 300 participants from 26 clubs registered with 72 brightly-decorated cars. PRID Shekhar Mehta, DG Mukul Sinha, PDGs Debasish Mitra, Ravi Sehgal and Ramesh Agarwal (D 3011) were also present. The rally was hosted by RCs Belur, Calcutta, Calcutta Central and Calcutta Mayfair.