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The fight to end polio forever

Rotary Club leaders from across Durham Region were on hand for a celebration marking World Polio Day at the Oshawa Golf and Curling Club. Councillor Dan Carter, far right, was also there to present official commendations from the Region of Durham to mark the occasion.

Rotary Club leaders from across Durham Region were on hand for a celebration marking World Polio Day at the Oshawa Golf and Curling Club. Councillor Dan Carter, far right, was also there to present official commendations from the Region of Durham to mark the occasion.

Heads of Rotary Clubs from across Durham Region came together at the Oshawa Golf and Curling Club in recognition of the hard work they and other Rotary Clubs around the world have done to help eradicate polio.

Recognized by both the City of Oshawa and the Region of Durham, World Polio Day on Oct. 24 recognizes all that Rotary has done to help get rid of this terrible disease once and for all – but also to recognize that while polio infection rates have dropped astronomically compared to decades past, the job is not yet finished.

So far in 2016, there have been 27 reported cases of new polio infections, down from the 51 reported by this time in 2015. Of those 27, 15 are in Pakistan, eight in Afghanistan and four in Nigeria. While it can be more difficult in countries facing political turmoil such as these, the Rotary Club continues to support vaccination efforts and will not rest until polio is gone from the face of the Earth.

For more information on polio and the efforts to eradicate it, get in contact with your local Rotary Club or visit endpolio.org.

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