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?Rotary Club taking active part in combating polio?

?We are on the verge of conquering polio and in the final stages we should make efforts to totally eradicate it. April 9 and May 21 have been declared as national vaccination day by Central Government and Rotary Club is committed to working in this direction,? said Rotary International District 3040 district governor Ramesh Tiwari at a workshop organised to give information about polio, recently.

india Updated: Apr 06, 2006 15:00 IST

“We are on the verge of conquering polio and in the final stages we should make efforts to totally eradicate it. April 9 and May 21 have been declared as national vaccination day by Central Government and Rotary Club is committed to working in this direction,” said Rotary International District 3040 district governor Ramesh Tiwari at a workshop organised to give information about polio, recently.

Addressing the programme, Tiwari informed about association of Rotary Club with WHO. WHO’s Dr P K Bhagwat, who was also present at the programme, said although no cases of polio had been detected in Madhya Pradesh, 12 patients had been identified in Uttar Pradesh and seven children suffering from the disease had been found in Bihar. He asked people to cooperate in the vaccination camp and to bring children up to five years of age for vaccination.

Chief guest Dr K K Vijayvergiya lauded the programme and also said that Rotary Club and other such organisations should take initiative to uproot polio. He also said a transit team had been formed that would vaccinate children at airport, railway station and bus station.

Dr Arun Katkar informed that percentage of children of higher middle class was comparatively low. District vaccination officer Dr Nikhil Ojha described the whole project at the programme. He also said around 4.5 lakh children would be vaccinated at the polling booths of district.

Indian Medical Association, Indian Paediatrics Academy and private nursing homes would extend cooperation to the programme. District chairman Amaan Qureshi said that Rotary had spent $ 615 million in polio prevention programme, of which $ 6.2 million had been spent in India. Padma Jadhwani conducted the programme. Dr Narayan Khare proposed the vote of thanks.

Presidents of Rotary Clubs of Mhow and Indore also participated in the programme.