Bad News from Nigeria about Polio

Bad news from Nigeria. After being polio free for over a year, two new cases of Wild Polio Virus Type 1 have been discovered in NIgeria. Countries need to go through 3 years of no polio cases to be declared “Polio Free.”

If you are a Rotarian and particularly one that is in charge of raising funds in your club or district, this outbreak shows why it is very important to keep educating people about polio. It is not enough to set up campaigns where you ask for donations in an intense month of giving as if ending polio was a game played by piling up numbers of whatever. Donor fatigue will set in and polio will end up coming back because donors will begin to think there really is no end in sight. EDUCATE!!!!!

The following link will take you to an article describing Rotary’s recommitting itself to end polio worldwide.  CLICK HERE

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Nigeria Celebrates 2 Years without New Cases of Polio

The polio virus is continuing to disappear from the face of the earth. As most of you know, I am a member of Rotary. In 1985, Rotary started PolioPlus to eradicate polio worldwide. Up until 2 years ago, there were only 3 countries left that were endemic to polio (sources of new wild virus).

On July 24, 2014, Nigeria started the 3 year period to prove it was now polio free. A country needs to have ZERO new cases for 3 years to be declared polio free. Because of certain political issues, there was a sense that Nigeria was one of the countries that would never be polio free since vaccinating against the polio virus was frowned upon by the government.

CLICK HERE to read an article about the current status in Nigeria. IT IS VERY GOOD NEWS!!!!

There are only 19 new cases of polio worldwide since January 1, 2016. This donw from over 300,000 new cases every year before 1985.

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