Rotary International has awarded 90 frontline polio vaccinators for their sterling role at ensuring Nigeria delisting from endemic nations list sayings it has committed $300 million at fight the virus in the country.
Mike Omotosho, the District Governor 9125, Rotary International disclosed this on Thursday at the award event in Abuja adding that in June this year, Rotary released a total of $19.5 million and of this amount, 9 million came to Nigeria.
“I must also add that this is just the 90 that are been celebrated at the national level. We had picked 15 from each state to recognise and celebrate them at the state level. What we did was to look at their commitment, dedication and loyalty to ensuring that every child is immunised,” he said.
He noted that irrespective of how much money partners put together or how solid the strategy is, without these community mobilisers that volunteered to bring the kids out to actually be immunised, the whole efforts would be futile.
Omotosho said “It is difficult to get at the top but more difficulty to stay at the top. Even when we have been certified as a polio non-endemic nation, we still have two more years of fighting polio to ensure that we do not see any single case again.”
“All hands must truly be on deck and we are getting all the support we need. As Rotarians, we will continue to devote our time, talents and the money we have to ensure that every child is immunised because as long as there is still one case polio anywhere in the world, there is still the possibility of polio resurgence in Nigeria.”