Posted on Oct 28, 2018
World Polio Day was established by Rotary International over a decade ago to commemorate the birth of Jonas Salk, who led the first team to develop a vaccine against poliomyelitis.  In 1988, polio was endemic in more than 125 countries and paralysed 350,000 children every year. Since then, Global Polio Eradication has overseen a 99% reduction in annual cases of polio – down to a historic low of just 22 cases in 2017.
 
Today, only three countries remain endemic to wildpoliovirus (WPV) transmission, and the world is closer than ever to being polio-free. The poliovirus has taken refuge in some of the most challenging and dynamic environments in the world.   The quest continues.  District 5040 End Polio Chair, Brian Finley drew our attention to countries like India, where 170 million children were vaccinated during the last National Immunization Day.  The numbers are staggering, and points to the ongoing need to get the job done.  Rotary and partners, Unicef, WHO, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation have been stalwart in completing the mission.
 
Welcome our visitor today was Radhana Lal, Manager, Small Business Banking  of Coast Capital, Richmond Branch.
 
October birthday girls and boy were Cindy, Suna and Harmon, unfortunately Harmon missed out on the cake.