Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to the Governor of Delta State on Health Monitoring, Dr. Michael Nwoko, has urged Non Governmental Organizations (NGOs) in Delta state to emulate the community development and health intervention programmes of Rotary International.
Dr Nwoko made the call while addressing the press at the Cable Point Primary Health Care Centre, Asaba, after participating in the NGO’s polio immunisation and eradication sensitisation rally which took place in major streets and health facilities within the State capital.
The SSA, who administered polio vaccine to some babies on the occasion, commended Rotary International for its humanitarian services, describing the Club as a pillar in global fight to eliminate the scourge of the deadly poliomyelitis.
His words, ‘I want to commend Rotary International, especially the Asaba district for its humanitarian activities. The Club has over the years, proven to be a pillar in global fight to wipe out poliomyelitis from the surface of the earth.
Poliomyelitis is a viral disease that affects the central nervous system and can cause temporary or permanent paralysis. It was reported to have been eliminated in Nigeria some years back, but resurged again, hence the need for combined efforts of everyone to finally wipe it out of existence.” He emphasised.
Dr Nwoko noted that Rotary had been outstanding in carrying out polio immunisation and sensitisation campaigns not only in Delta State, but nationwide, and called on other NGOs in the state and country at large to emulate Rotary Club by carrying out similar activities in other dedicated health programmes, like fight against malaria and HIV/AIDS.
He said if other NGOs could take a cue from Rotary, some of the deadly diseases afflicting humanity would be completely eliminated.
The Asaba district of Rotary Club International had earlier paid a courtesy visit to the SSA in his office, to intimate him about the Club’s polio vaccination and sensitisation rally to commemorate this year’s World Polio Day and solicited his support.