This year Haddington on Skates will be a major holiday attraction for East Lothian. Hopefully we will all have a lot of fun but there is a serious side. Rotary are running a major campaign to End Polio…Now!
So, what do you know about Polio? Check out a few facts below. We’re sure you’ll agree that this is a great cause to raise funds for this Christmas.
- Polio is a viral disease that can damage the nervous system and cause paralysis.
- The polio virus enters the body through the mouth, usually from an infected person – sharing toilet facilities or utensils.
- Polio is preventable by immunisation.
- Since polio immunisation has become widespread cases of polio are rare. However, polio remains a problem in some parts of the world.
- In the UK every child gets immunised as part of the health checks made during childhood.
- Since Rotary launched the PolioPlus Program, the number of polio cases has decreased by more than 99 percent, and the number of Polio-endemic countries has fallen from 125 to just 4. Afghanistan, India, Nigeria, and Pakistan.
- In India alone how many children do you think were immunised over 1 day in February 2011? 156 million!
- The problems are that many of the children don’t attend school.
- In a lot of cases their parents cannot read or write.
- The countries where Polio remains are generally very poor.
- They cannot afford to fund an immunisation programme.
- For every £1 raised by Rotary the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation contributes £1.50.
- A series of child vaccinations costs just 20p.