Polio contribution omitted

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 02 May, 1995, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 02 May, 1995, 12:00am

KARIN Bishop ought to be congratulated for her fine article 'World without polio'(South China Morning Post, April 7).

It was, however, unfortunate to find no reference to the work done by Rotary International in the article.

In 1985, Rotary started a simple but ambitious programme called Polio Plus.

Through its foundation, Rotary International planned to raise enough money to provide a five-year supply of vaccine for any developing country to immunise its children.

Rotary International raised more than US$246 million (about HK$1.8 billion) and, in the last 10 years, has provided a lot more than vaccine.

In 1988, World Health Organisation member nations unanimously committed to eradicate polio by the year 2000. In 1993, 143 countries reported zero polio cases.

Rotary International has established a factory in China to produce vaccine for the country.

At the Rotary International 1993 convention in Melbourne, Dr Carlos Canseco, past president of Rotary International, administered vaccine to a small Filipino girl, who represented the 500 millionth child protected through the Polio Plus programme.

To put the record straight, the drive for a world without polio was initiated by Rotary International and credit must be given where it is due.

ARTHUR AU Member Rotary International Polio Plus Task Force (Asia)