By OBAJI AKPET, Calabar
The Cross River State Government has recently partnered Rotary Hilltop Calabar to kick out polio in Cross River.
The humanitarian club in conjunction with the state ministry of health held a street rally in Calabar to sensitise the populace on the polio pandemic ahead of Cross River Government flag off of immunization exercise in the state.
The Cross River Commissioner of Health, Dr. Inyang Asibong during an interview with newsmen said the state was in collaboration with Rotary Club International to ensure that Cross River was completely free of polio.
In her words, “we don’t want any child in Cross River to die of any vaccine preventable disease.”
“We’re making sure that polio is kicked out in Cross River State,” the Commissioner added.
On his part, the President of Rotary Club of Hilltop, Calabar, Rotarian Nicholas Obun Dan told newsmen that the sensitisation walk, which included market places was in preparation to polio vaccination to be flagged by the Cross River State Government.
He added that the event, observed internationally is aimed at seeing the few remaining polio infested countries including Nigeria are completely rid of the disease.
On his part, the Deputy Governor of Rotary Club International, District 940, Dr. Donald Bette Enu said polio inhibits the effective of Nigerians to contributing their quota to nation building.
Also speaking, the Director General, Cross River Investment Promotion, Bar Rosemary Tutu Ekeng, who was part of the road talk as intending member of Rotary Club urged members of the public not to only wait till there is crisis before offering support to those in need.
“We are too use to crisis managing; we shouldn’t wait until when people are almost dying before you rush in to help,” she said