Rotary clubs across the country observed World Polio Day (Oct 24) by sensitising the public on the need to immunise children to prevent life-threatening illnesses, besides maintaining the momentum for immunisation against polio though India is declared polio-free.
In Delhi, RI South Asia Office (RISAO) joined hands with RC Delhi Regency Next, RID 3011, to flag off Mission Indradhanush Message Car for creating awareness across the regions. India National PolioPlus Committee (INPPC) Chairman Deepak Kapur flagged off the car from RISAO office, in the presence of DG Suresh Bhasin and other Rotarians.
Rotary clubs in Gurgaon, RID 3011, organised a Rotary Health Carnival at the DLF Cyber City. It included a mega health camp for mammography and cancer detection, dental, diabetes and eye check-ups and blood donation camp. PDG Dr Sushil Khurana, DGE Sanjeev Rai Mehra, TRF-Head Sanjay Parmar and PolioPlus Programme Coordinator Sandeep Kashyap from RISAO were present at the mega events in Gurgaon.
RID 3190 led by DG Dr Sameer Hariani and District PolioPlus Committee Chairman D Rukmangada hosted three major events in Bengaluru to mark the World Polio Day.
Over 4,500 children took part in Polio Color-a-thon, a drawing contest organised across the district by 30 Rotary clubs. Portraits of Dr Jonas Salk and Dr Albert Sabin, the inventors of polio vaccine, were unveiled at the Paediatric section of Vanivilas Hospital in Bengaluru. City Police Commissioner Bhaskar Rao was the chief guest at the Torchlight Peace Assembly in which a galaxy of Rotary leaders, Rotaractors and the public took part. A flash mob dance, Rotary message vans and candle lights were the major highlights at the Peace Assembly.
In Hoshiarpur, Punjab, DG Sunil Nagpal, RID 3070, flagged off a rally by school girls which was organised by the local clubs with support from the Health Department.