(Pakistan News & Features Services)
The Chairperson of National PolioPlus Committee, Aziz Memon, and a few eminent doctors have recognized the consistent efforts of Rotary Club of Karachi Darakhshan (RCKD) in spreading awareness about the deadly disease of polio and joining hands in his elimination process.
RCKD marked the World Polio Day 2021 by organizing a seminar on the subject of polio on October 23 in which the health professionals and senior Rotarians threw light on its various aspects. The session was hosted by the Club’s Polio Chair, Dr Zafar Abbasi.
He noted with satisfaction the fact that no polio case has been reported in Pakistan or Afghanistan, the only two countries of the world where the disease still existed, for the past nine months and no samples were even tested positive during this period.
“As you all know, the elimination of polio from this part of the world presented huge challenges. Thankfully, with the support of all our stakeholders and fellow Rotarians, we have been able to deliver and now we are so close to accomplishing our cherished goal of eliminating polio from this world for good,” Aziz Memon stated.
Dr Aftab Ahmed, Focal Person for Mass Vaccination at Khaliqdina Hall, highlighted the massive role of Rotary over the years in efforts aimed at polio eradication. Dr Roohi Ilyas, Chairperson, Payam-e-Sehat Foundation, also appreciated Rotary’s commitment and dedication in getting rid of this deadly disease which posed threats to millions of kids.
Dr Zafar Abbasi, RCKD’s Polio Chair, informed that greater efforts will still be needed during the ‘safe’ period of two years to achieve the ultimate goal of making the region polio free. In his welcome speech, the RCKD President, Syed Khalid Mahmood, recognized the distinguished speakers while the vote of thanks was proposed by Past President, Asim Murtaza Khan. The meeting was invoked by the Club’s Secretary, Awais Moghul.