World Polio Day: Don’t relent on immunization, Rotary tells Nigeria | Dailytrust

World Polio Day: Don’t relent on immunization, Rotary tells Nigeria

Chairman, Nigeria National Polioplus Committee of Rotary International, Tunji Funsho, has enjoined parents and other stakeholders in the country not to relent on the immunization of children against polio.

He made the call Sunday in Abuja during the launch of a book titled ‘So They can Walk: The Story of Polio Eradication in Nigeria, the Rotary Perspective’, written by Christopher Ogbogbo.

Nigeria was certified polio-free on August 25, 2020 and no case has been recorded since then. 

 Funsho said: “We must continue to immunize children in Nigeria until the whole world is certified Wild Polio Virus-free. Until the whole world is certified polio virus free, no child is safe.

“We appeal to parents to make their children available for vaccination against the wild polio virus. The vaccine is safe, no overdose.

He said Rotary International had been a major funder of interventions against polio in the country as it had spent $2.2bn in the exercise so far globally.

He described the launched book as a historical document that would help the organisation raise funds against polio. 

UNICEF Nigeria Representative, Peter Hawkins, said Rotary International played a huge role in the eradication of wild polio virus in Nigeria. 

The reviewer of the book, Ranti Ojo, an associate professor of History at the University of Abuja, said the author outlined the giant strides of Rotary International, and lessons learnt in the eradication of polio in Nigeria.

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