GTB 737 banner Yudala banner

Nigerian-American Paralympic star Dennis Ogbe makes strong case for polio vaccinations during World Polio Day forum hosted by Rotary and Northwestern University

By News Express on 26/10/2013

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon

Views: 4,464


CHICAGO, USA, October 25, 2013/African Press Organization (APO)/ Nigerian-born Paralympian Dennis Ogbe joined Emmy-winning actress Archie Panjabi to encourage public support for the global initiative to eradicate polio as part of a special programme co-hosted by Rotary and Northwestern University’s Center for Global Health on Oct. 24 – World Polio Day 2013 – in downtown Chicago.

The programme, World Polio Day: Making History, included remarks by Dr. Bruce Aylward, the world’s leading expert on polio eradication and assistant director-general for polio, emergencies and country collaboration at the World Health Organization; Dr. Robert Murphy, director of Northwestern University’s Center for Global Health; and Rotary International President Ron D. Burton.

“Over the years, I have learned not to look at anything as impossible, and that includes – especially — the eradication of polio,” said Ogbe, who contracted polio at age three in his family’s village in rural Nigeria and is now an ambassador for the United Nations Foundation’s Shot@Life programme promoting childhood immunisations. “We all know that polio is completely preventable. And we have the tools – the vaccines — to stop it.”

Ogbe is now a U.S. citizen and lives in the state of Kentucky, where he works as wellness coordinator for Brown-Forman Company. He is a member of the U.S. Paralympics team, competing in discus, javelin and shot put.

The Chicago event was streamed live to a global online audience at Rotary’s polio eradication website, http://www.endpolio.org, from Northwestern University’s John Hughes Auditorium. The programme will remain archived on the website.

The programme included an overview of the progress of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, which Rotary co-launched in 1988; the challenges that remain in the corners of the developing world where the crippling virus persists, and a discussion of the ways private citizens, corporations, and non-profits can participate in the historic final push now underway to end polio once and for all.

Panjabi is one of Rotary’s End Polio Now celebrity ambassadors. Last year, the British-born actress helped Rotary volunteers immunise children in India, her parents’ homeland, where she spent part of her childhood. Once considered the nation facing the most serious challenges to eradication, India was removed from the polio-endemic list in January 2012.

“Seeing India become polio-free is tremendous, and I am committed to making sure that no other child anywhere suffers from polio again,” Panjabi said in an interview published in the November issue of The Rotarian magazine.

Rotary and polio eradication

When Rotary began its polio eradication work in the late 1970s, the disease infected more than 350,000 people a year, compared with the 223 cases for 2012 – a drop of more than 99 percent.

In 1988, Rotary helped launch the Global Polio Eradication Initiative with the WHO, UNICEF, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Since then, Rotary club members worldwide have contributed more than $1.2 billion and countless volunteer hours to the polio eradication effort.

Overall, the annual number of new polio cases has plummeted by more than 99 percent since the 1980s, when polio infected about 350,000 children a year. Only 223 new cases were recorded for all of 2012. More than two billion children have been immunised in 122 countries, preventing five million cases of paralysis and 250,000 deaths. Polio today remains endemic in only three countries, Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan, although “imported” cases in previously polio-free areas – such as the Horn of Africa — will continue to occur until the virus is finally stopped in the endemic countries.

This year, polio eradication fundraisers will have greater impact due to the new fundraising campaign, End Polio Now: Make History Today, recently launched by Rotary and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The Gates Foundation will match two for one every new dollar Rotary commits to polio eradication up to US$35 million per year through 2018.

•Photo shows Nigerian-born U.S. Paralympian and polio survivor Dennis Ogbe shows that Rotary International is “This Close” to ending polio (Photo credit: ©Rotary International/Tim Walters)

Source News Express

Posted 26/10/2013 5:46:49 PM

 

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon


 

CLASSIFIED ADS

Loss Off Your Belly Fats, Upper Arm Fat and Body Fats In 2weeks Time.. Click HERE To Start Now!

Let us build the most comprehensive online database of worthy and credible Nigerians from all walks of life. It is worth doing!

 

You may also like...
Nigeria summons Cameroon’s envoy over Bakassi killings

Shell donates modern test laboratory to Nigerian Institute...

Police to partner UN Habitat on low cost...

Lagos reviews LAKE Rice sales, assures of availability...

Reps want publication of former President Jonathan’s handover...

NBA Chairman slams Okorocha for destroying Iheanacho’s property...

Banker kills brother over football match

We’re yet to decide UTME cut-off marks: JAMB...

No plan to borrow to prosecute Bayelsa guber...

APC constitutes campaign council for Kogi Nov. 21...

APC members defect to PDP in Katsina

Navy has capacity to contain maritime crimes —Chief...

 

Latest News Oil merchant convicted over issuance of dud cheques Buhari jets out for ECOWAS Task Force Meeting on Common Currency Today’s weather outlook as forecast by NiMet Minister identifies the biggest obstacles to 2019 elections Vigilante kills self while testing gun charm on his body Germany extends invitation to Nigerian start-ups Man bursts into newsroom, stabs top radio presenter in the neck Ezekwesili bags global democracy appointment Judge’s absence stalls FG’s $406.8m suit against Shell National Assembly summons Aviation Minister over airport concessioning How Delta expended N33.4bn Paris Club refund — Commissioner Lagos Assembly passes College of Nursing Bill

 

Most Read Nigerian female sex addict opens up, says ‘I like it with both men and women’ (288,231 views) NUDE PHOTO OF OMOTOLA JALADE-EKEINDE surfaces online (271,392 views) Shameless Genevieve Nnaji exposes breasts in public (218,775 views) Finally named: The full list of friends of Nigerian female sex addict who prowled Facebook (184,287 views) Igbo scholar disgraces Femi Fani-Kayode •Demolishes claims on Igbo/Yoruba history with facts and figures (179,722 views) OLUMBA OLUMBA OBU (the one who called himself God) IS DEAD (162,592 views) Breaking News: POPULAR REVEREND CONVERTS TO ISLAM in Kaduna (Nigeria) (140,996 views) THE FINAL DISGRACE: Igbo scholar unleashes more facts about Igbo/Yoruba history, finishes off Femi Fani-Kayode with second article (128,857 views) OBJ’s son reported dead in Lagos plane crash •Names of more victims emerge (123,935 views) Lagos plane crash: Journalist releases victims’ names (114,371 views) Gunmen kill ASP, 2 other police officers in vain bid to kidnap Rivers PDP chieftain (112,319 views) APC cries foul as PDP’s Fayose takes early lead in Ekiti governorship election (104,675 views)

 

Categories Advertorials (3) African Press Organisation (81) Art & Literature (30) Business (2,734) Business Verdict (25) Columnists (758) Complaints & Requests (93) Enterprise & Opportunities (184) Entertainment (396) Features (497) Global Business Monitor (187) International (1,592) Interviews (134) Live Commentary (28) Love Matters (79) News (29,565) Opinion (828) Pidgin (8) Politics (3,996) Religion (645) Sports (1,340) Stock Watch (23) AMA & Al Jazeera Global Update

 

UBA mobile app

CBN Words on marble

 

 

#MonkeyPox outbreak

 

APO Group Partner

 

CLASSIFIED ADS

Let us build the most comprehensive online database of worthy and credible Nigerians from all walks of life. It is worth doing!

Loss Off Your Belly Fats, Upper Arm Fat and Body Fats In 2weeks Time.. Click HERE To Start Now!

GOCOP Accredited Member

GOCOP Accredited member

 

 

Africa Media Agency and Al Jazeera

Advertisement



 

 

CLASSIFIED ADS

Loss Off Your Belly Fats, Upper Arm Fat and Body Fats In 2weeks Time.. Click HERE To Start Now!

Let us build the most comprehensive online database of worthy and credible Nigerians from all walks of life. It is worth doing!