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Mohamed praises Bill Gates for support on polio drive

Decorah Rotary participating in World Polio Day Tuesday World Polio Day
Marlene Weaver | 24 Октября, 2017, 22:15

The disease remains an endemic in three countries - Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Pakistan - although other countries remain at risk for imported cases.

In a show of solidarity and to raise awareness and funds for polio eradication, Rotary clubs around the globe will host almost 1,900 events for World Polio Day.

Local Rotary Club members want more of the public to be aware of that as they prepare to launch a broader fundraising effort this month to help eradicate the disease.

The Rotary Club will mark its progress toward a polio-free world, while urging the community for support. The Rotary Club is inviting residents to the Grill and Still today from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Poliomyelitis, often called polio or infantile paralysis, is an infectious disease caused by the poliovirus.

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Now the Wild Polio Virus, WPV, is circulating in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Nigeria. After an global investment of more than $9 billion, and the successful engagement of over 200 countries and 20 million volunteers, polio could be the first human disease of the 21st century to be eradicated. "World Polio Day is the ideal opportunity to celebrate our successes, raise public awareness, and talk about what is needed to end this paralyzing disease for good".

Since Rotary and its partners launched the Global Polio Eradication Initiative almost 30 years ago, the incidence of polio has plummeted by more than 99.9 percent, from about 350,000 cases a year to just 37 cases in 2016.

On the occasion of World Polio Day, which falls on Oct.24, the Abu Dhabi Crown Prince took to Twitter and said, "Thanks to a global effort, my friend Bill Gates and our commitment, we are closer than ever to the eradication of polio..."

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