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Support shines spotlight on campaign to end crippling disease

Town hall - purple

The lights at Trafford Town Hall went purple this week to support a campaign to end polio.

Rotary International is running an EndPolioNow campaign to help assist in vaccination programmes and raise fund for vaccines. Polio is a crippling and potentially deadly infectious disease that can be prevented through vaccination. There hasn't been a case of polio caught in the UK for more than 30 years but the infection is still found in some parts of the world.

The local Rotary club will be planting 4,000 crocuses in Sale, to represent each child that gets vaccinated, while businesses in Altrincham were decorated in purple to mark World Polio Day on Thursday.

Cllr Jane Slater, Trafford Council’s Executive member for Health, Wellbeing and Equalities, said:

We are so fortunate to live in Trafford – the birthplace of the NHS – where horrific diseases like polio are no longer with us. But people in other countries are not so fortunate so it is only right we highlight the campaign by Rotary International to ensure all children are vaccinated.”

Dr Mark Jarvis, Medical Director at NHS Trafford Clinical Commissioning Group, added:

For most of the world, polio is a distant memory but it does still exist in some places and mainly affects children under the age of five. It is entirely right that we show our solidarity with Rotary International to continue to raise awareness and eradicate the disease for good.”

For more details on the End Polio campaign, visit The End Polio website

Posted on Friday 25th October 2019