RCD organizes a special meeting to commemorate World Polio Day

Dr Rebecca Y Sema with members of the Rotary Club of Dimapur during the commemoration of World Polio Day at the Rotary Center of Dimapur on Monday.

Dimapur, Oct. 24 (EMN): The Rotary Club of Dimapur held a special meeting to commemorate World Polio Day on Monday at the Rotary Centre, Midland, with District Immunization Officer Dr Rebecca Y Sema as guest speaker.

The club, in an update, informed that Dr. Rebecca spoke about the various steps taken by the global community as a whole to make the world polio-free.

“Today, the poliomyelitis virus is only active in Pakistan and Afghanistan. Polio cases have fallen from 350,000 cases a year 30 years ago to just 27 cases so far this year,” she said.

She praised Rotary International’s efforts in polio eradication and thanked Rotarians for their active participation in polio eradication for the past fifty years. She said that “the polio virus could reappear in all countries if we do not continue our efforts until we reach zero cases. Polio is just a plane ride away.

She explained the different surveillance systems put in place by government health authorities to detect and control poliomyelitis.

The Immunization Officer asked Rotary Club members to be more proactive and vigilant in their efforts to push harder to reach zero polio cases. Dr Rebecca has been made an honorary member of the Rotary Club of Dimapur for her efforts towards polio eradication in Nagaland, he said.

Rtn RS Panesar, WG Meal Coordinator for North East India, shared the current and ongoing efforts of Rotary International across the world to reach zero polio cases in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

World’s Greatest Meal is an organization of Rotarians raising funds for the eradication of poliomyelitis by organizing special meals),

He also spoke of the difficulties faced by polio volunteers in both countries and said as many as 300 volunteers have been killed by terrorists in the last year, many of them women, in Pakistan and in Afghanistan.

Another highlight of the evening meeting was the recognition and honor given to two polio survivors, namely Bikram Jaiswal and Ratan Sharma.

Rtn Pradip Kumar Jain, President of The Rotary Foundation, introduced the two polio survivors who became entrepreneurs despite the disease and the stigma attached to polio victims.

Rotary Club President, Rtn Manish, Jain briefed on various other events planned for the day, including the placing of “End Polio Now” banners at major traffic points around the city. All Rotary club members have also pledged to donate to The Rotary Foundation’s Polio Eradication Fund this month.

The meeting ended with a religious talk on Bhagvat Geeta and Krishna consciousness by Dr. RK Pahuja, a renowned lawyer from Mumbai, he said.

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