Still work to do in fight against po­lio

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - OPINION -

AS the CEO of na­tional char­ity The Bri­tish Po­lio Fel­low­ship, I was shocked and sad­dened to read of the dis­cov­ery of a new po­lio-like virus in Amer­ica which has so far led to 100 chil­dren de­vel­op­ing paral­y­sis.

Wor­ry­ingly, the virus is spread across 34 dif­fer­ent states in Amer­ica, mean­ing the chances of it be­ing con­trolled has been re­duced dras­ti­cally.

Since the global ini­tia­tive to erad­i­cate Po­lio was es­tab­lished in 1988, the num­ber of cases of Po­lio was low­ered by more than 99% in 30 years. Through rou­tine vac­ci­na­tion, and es­ti­mated 350,000 cases in 1988 were re­duced to a re­ported 650 in 2011.

How­ever, the fight to com­pletely erad­i­cate Po­lio still goes on to this day as news like this shows.

I urge peo­ple to not be­come com­pla­cent as the hard­est work ever is in front of us. With a bit more work, we can make the Po­lio erad­i­ca­tion dream set up in 1988 a re­al­ity.

Our char­ity re­lies en­tirely on the sup­port of the public and cor­po­rate spon­sors. If you are in­ter­ested in get­ting in­volved at what­ever level, please call our Freep­hone num­ber 0800 043 1935. Thank you.

TED HILL MBE CEO, The Bri­tish Po­lio Fel­low­ship

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