Rotarians from across the Delta gathered on Wednesday evening to thank healthcare workers and mark World Immunization Week.
Members of the three Rotary Delta clubs – North Delta, Ladner and Tsawwassen – and Delta police surrounded the Delta Hospital on Wednesday April 29 in a caravan of cars decorated with signs, flags and balloons, honking their horns and saluting the staff of hospital, paramedics and patients.
The parade, which was to coincide with the night salute to frontline workers at 7 p.m., served both to thank hard-working medical personnel and first responders in the fight against COVID-19, and to recognize the importance of effective vaccines to protect against disease, and how far the world has advanced in the fight against disease.
“Many people around the world, including many from Delta, have helped deliver the vaccine to millions of people in the fight against polio, which can pose serious health and safety risks,” said Bridget Jacob , President of the Rotary Club of Ladner, on behalf of the presidents of the three Delta Rotary clubs.
“For this reason, we still have immense respect for our health care workers here at home, but especially now during this pandemic.”
Rotary International launched its global polio campaign 35 years ago, at a time when 350,000 disabling – and sometimes fatal – diseases are reported each year in 122 countries, according to a Weekly press release. immunization event, held this year. April 24-30.
Since then, Rotary’s vaccination campaign has helped international health organizations, foundations and governments to reduce the number of cases to less than 200 in just two countries in 2019.
Rotary and its partners vaccinate more than 400 million children against polio each year, and Rotarians have contributed $ 1.9 billion and countless hours of volunteer work to protect more than 2.5 billion children in 122 countries against the disease.
“Today, 19 million people who would otherwise be paralyzed by polio are walking, and 1.5 million people who would otherwise be dead are alive,” the statement said.
Rotary is now using the vast infrastructure the organization has developed over the years to identify the polio virus and conduct immunization campaigns to help protect vulnerable populations from COVID-19, especially in countries endemic. From Pakistan to Nigeria, the program draws on years of experience in fighting polio epidemics to help governments respond to the new coronavirus.
The Rotary Foundation has also contributed $ 10 million to various COVID-19 projects.
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