Rotary Club supports polio eradication
By Josephine Oguntoyinbo & Babatunde Olorunleke
In a bid to complement government efforts in ensuring effective coverage of polio immunization in Ondo state, the Rotary International Club of Akure has donated over 2,000 pieces of Apron to the State Primary Health Care Development Board.
While speaking at the event held at the board in Akure, the Ondo state capital, the District 9125 Vocational Chairman, Rotarian Batife Funkeakpo explained that Rotary International which was founded in 1905 is mainly for humanitarian services.
He affirmed that Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria are the only countries that are still battling with polio epidemic, therefore, Rotary International has taken it upon itself to support primary healthcare as a way of tackling it.
He also urged the state government to acknowledge the Rotary International by putting their logo, no matter how small on any programme being put in place pointing out that the club is a pioneer advocate of polio eradication.
Also speaking, the Special Adviser to the State Governor on Health, Dr. Ajibayo Adeyeye commended the club for the gesture, noting that the gift will go a long way in complementing government efforts at combating the epidemic.
The SA encouraged other well meaning Nigerians and associations to emulate the good deed of Rotary International by donating towards the cause of eradicating polio in the country.
He also highlighted the resilience and commitment of the government of Ondo State towards eradication of polio in the state which he said has been yielding positive result.
In his words, the polio representative of Rotary, Rotarian Olabode Oyedele affirmed that Rotary international totally supports immunization programmes, hence the reason for giving out what can make the state effective in fighting polio.
Appreciating Rotary International, the Executive Secretary of the board, Dr. Francis Akanbiemu lauded them for their commitment towards qualitative health care delivery saying that they are happy for the gifts and support they have been receiving from them at all times.