The President of Rotary International, Mr Barry Rassin, has said that the club will ensure that every Nigerian child is immunised against polio. Speaking during a visit to the Rotary Centre in Ikeja, Lagos on Tuesday, Rassin said the club would ensure that polio vaccine is made available to Nigerians at no cost.
“We have partnered the World Health Organisation and the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund, we have funding and we will always provide the vaccines. We also provide advocacy on polio immunisation and ensure that the vaccines get to the remote areas,” Rassin said. He said he was in the country to thank the Rotary Club in Nigeria for its role in the fight against polio. “Rotarians have worked extremely hard to make sure we eradicate polio and they have done a fantastic job. We came to say thank you.
“Our programme in Rotary Club is to ensure that every child get immunised, no matter what it will cost. We are working towards the total eradication of polio in Nigeria. It would be recalled that the WHO has declared Nigeria free of polio as no case has been recorded in the country in the last two years.
Rassin and his wife also visited the Rotary Eye Hospital and the Rotary Centre Polio House in Ikeja as part of their two-day official visit to Nigeria. The District Governor of the club, Mr Kola Sodipo, in his welcome speech said the district would continue to support clubs under the district to enable them to implement bigger projects that would impact different communities.