Local people thanked for helping to reach a polio landmark

November 03 2015

YATE Rotary Club has thanked local people for their support in the fight to eradicate polio.

YATE Rotary Club has thanked local people for their support in the fight to eradicate polio.
Rotary clubs around the world are involved in the campaign to wipe out the disease, with both Yate and Chipping Sodbury’s clubs doing their bit to make people aware of the global battle.
As they marked World Polio Day recently, Yate Rotary spokesman David Picton said: “We realise that without the support of the public making contributions and supporting our events, Yate Rotary couldn’t contribute to this massive polio eradication process.
“Local people can be proud of the effect of their support to Rotary and what it can achieve on a world scale.”
The World Health Organisation said a major milestone had been reached in September when Nigeria, Africa’s last polio-endemic country, was declared free of the disease.
That leaves just Pakistan and Afghanistan still dealing with cases.
In 1988, when the eradication programme started, polio paralysed more than 350,000 children a year in 125 countries. Since then, the number of polio cases has been cut by 99.9 per cent.
Of the total 1.4 billion dollars contributed globally by Rotary, £14,000 has been given by the Yate club. Thanks to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, funds from Rotary are then boosted through a matching scheme.
A sign has also been put up in Yate to acknowledge contributions made locally.
It is on the corner of Westerleigh Road and Station Road, where a specially planted bed of purple crocuses signifies children who have received the polio vaccine and had their fingers marked with coloured ink to show they are protected.