World Polio Day

Comber Rotary Club has marked October 24, International Polio Awareness Day, by planting 2000 Purple crocus bulbs at Glen Link, Comber.

With the help of Rotary International, polio is slowly being eradicated from the world. Polio cases have fallen by over 99% since 1988, from an estimated 350,000 in more than 125 countries then, to 74 reported cases in 2015. Polio can only be prevented, not cured, so the job requires a massive effort by many organisations, and a large investment of time and money.

Only 3 countries Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan now remain to be cleared of this dreadful disease. But even when no cases are reported there, much more preventive work will be needed. As long as a single child remains infected, all children everywhere are at risk.

Once polio is gone, the world can celebrate the delivery of a major global public good that will benefit all people equally, wherever they live. Most importantly, success will mean that no child will ever again suffer the terrible effects of lifelong polio-paralysis.

Comber Rotary is grateful to Comber Regeneration Group and North Down & Ards Borough Council for their support for this project.

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