POLIOSTOP FOR JUNE 2021

TRIBUTE TO OUR ROTARY LEADERS. In the life of any organization particularly a service organization like Rotary that has been continuously in existence for more than 100 years, there must be something to the quality of the leadership. Rotary is an organization that has survived two world wars and contributed to the formation of UNESCO […]

POLIOSTOP FOR MAY,2021

  Polio Eradication-End Insight? It is rather paradoxical that after toiling for 35 years, Rotary and its GPEI partners finally got rid of the wild polio virus in Africa during a pandemic that stretched health care systems to breaking points, led to a pause in polio vaccinations campaign, stretched our finances to its limit and […]

POLIOSTOP FOR APRIL,2021

World Vaccination Week 24- 30th April The practice of immunization dates back hundreds of years. Buddhist monks drank snake venom to confer immunity to snakebite and variolation (smearing of a skin tear with cowpox to confer immunity to smallpox) was practiced in 17th century Ming dynasty China. Evidence exists that the Chinese employed smallpox inoculation […]

POLIOSTOP FOR MARCH 2021

The most topical issue right now is COVID-19 vaccinations. There are all sorts of debates going on including sadly vaccine diplomacy. However, what should be most paramount now is how to get the vaccine to the people who need it most and bring an end to the pandemic. Like in our polio eradication campaign, the […]

POLIOSTOP FOR FEBRUARY, 2021

When Africa was declared free of poliovirus on August 25, 2020, it was only the second such feat after the continent managed to shake off smallpox four decades ago. A lot of kudos for this went to Tunji Funsho, a Lagos-based cardiologist who chairs Rotary’s Nigeria National PolioPlus Committee, for eradicating polio in Africa’s most […]

POLIOSTOP FOR JANUARY 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to ravage our communities and creating obstacles in the way we were doing things. At the beginning, it was a rude shock because it was new. None of us has lived in a pandemic before so we had to “learn on the job”as it were. And learn we did………   Download PDF

POLIOSTOP FOR DECEMBER 2020

The viral polio disease has over the years crippled hundreds of thousands of children in Africa and other parts of the world but on August 25, four years after Africa’s last case was recorded in northern Nigeria, the continent was  declared  free of wild polio. Still, vaccine-derived strains of the virus remain in more than […]

POLIOSTOP FOR NOVEMBER 2020

Nigeria is now wild polio virus free. Hurray! We have been celebrating that for at least 2 months now and while it is a commendable achievement worthy of celebration, I am beginning to feel like the time is right for us to have a reset. This year’s World Polio Day Celebration was rightly about our […]

POLIOSTOP FOR OCTOBER 2020

  CHAIRMAN’S ADDRESS In my virtual travels around the world since the certification of Africa as a polio-free region, a recurring question that gets asked is ” now that we are certified free of the wild polio virus what next?” This question is usually asked in two contexts; the most common being what we need […]