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Doctors Hospital Joins Global Fight Against Polio

By Jessica Robertson, The Bahamas Weekly

1708 days ago   Article ID# 1459779
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Rotary Club of East Nassau

NASSAU, BAHAMAS (The Bahamas Weekly) - On Thursday, February 23, the Royal Towers at Atlantis will be illuminated with the message ‘End Polio Now’ – a message that Rotary International is keen to have the whole world see and understand.

The hope is that all who see the brightly lit words emblazoned on the iconic Paradise Island landmark will be inspired to join in the effort to rid the world of the deadly disease.

The Rotary Club of East Nassau is spearheading the local initiative to draw attention to the importance of eradicating polio completely and Doctors Hospital has signed on as a principal sponsor of the event.

On February 23, to mark the 107th anniversary of Rotary, the Royal Towers will be lit up and RCEN will host a fundraising cocktail party from 6:00 to 8:00pm on the Harbor Lawn, directly across from the Royal Tower, making The Bahamas part of the lighting ‘chorus’ designed to raise funds and awareness.

“In 2012 polio exists in relatively small numbers in just four countries that are geographically far removed from The Bahamas, but Doctors Hospital felt it important to partner with Rotary in this ongoing eradication effort because we realize that if this disease is not wiped out completely, it’s really just a matter of time before it once again becomes something we all have to be concerned about,” said Doctors Hospital Marketing Director Jessica Robertson.

Rotary International took up the challenge of eradicating Polio globally in 1985 and since then, the world has gone from recording 350,000 new cases a year in 125 endemic countries to fewer than 700 cases in four endemic countries, marking a 99.8% decline in 27 years. In that time, type 2 Polio was eradicated from the Earth, leaving just types 1 and 2.

“We really are this close to eradicating Polio, but the last one percent is predictably, the hardest to achieve. Despite the impressive success already realized, if we do not maintain our efforts in the endemic countries, over the next 3-5 years in particular, there is a very real chance the virus could re-establish itself, particularly in the African sub-continent where living conditions, wide-spread migration across borders, cultural and religious differences, make containing the virus that much harder,” explained Lindsey Cancino of the Rotary Club of East Nassau.

Rotary Club of East Nassau is hoping other corporate sponsors will come on board, and tickets for the cocktail party on February 23rd are $25 and are available at endpolionowbah@gmail.com or by calling 396-0022.

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Updated 1708 days ago   Article ID# 1459779

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