Comber Rotary Club has marked October 24, International Polio Awareness Day, by providing Ards & North Down Borough Council with 10,000 crocus corms to be planted at Green Link, Comber.

With the help of Rotary International, polio is being eradicated from the world. Polio cases have fallen by over 99.5% since 1988, from an estimated 350,000 new cases in more than 125 countries then, to 16 reported cases in 2016.

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.

Microsoft giant Bill Gates has been reported as saying that the world’s progress in fighting polio might be one of the best kept secrets in global health.

This is the third successive year for crocus corms to be planted by Rotary in the Comber area. Comber Rotary is grateful to Comber Regeneration Group and North Down & Ards Borough Council for their support for this project.

Pictured with one of the Council staff are members of Comber Rotary and Comber Regeneration Partnership.

You too can join in the fight against polio – and enjoy many other worthwhile activities – by joining the Rotary Club of Comber. Just use one of the contact means below: or voice mail: 078 4528 5157

Story by: JD

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