Still work to do in fight against polio
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