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Rotary Club to raise funds on World Polio Day

ROTARY Club of Saipan president Marcia Ayuyu encourages Rotarians and other community members to support the World Polio Day fundraising drive on Thursday, Oct. 24.

“This is in support of the World Polio Day observance during which thousands of Rotary clubs around the world will separately host their fundraiser events,” she added.

On Saipan, Ayuyu said community members can dine at McDonald’s Middle Road on Thursday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

She said 10 percent of all sales during the two-hour period will go toward the Rotary Club’s World Polio fundraising drive.

Many children around the world are still suffering from polio, Ayuyu added.

According to the World Health Organization website, “polio (poliomyelitis) affects mainly children under 5 years of age.”

The organization also said that one in 200 infections leads to irreversible paralysis.

Although polio cases due to wild poliovirus have been reduced by more than 99 percent over a 30-year period from an estimated 350,000 cases since 1988 to 33 reported cases in 2018, the World Health Organization warned that failure to eliminate the infectious disease could result in as many as 200,000 new cases yearly within a span of 10 years, worldwide.

“As long as a single child remains infected, children in all countries are at risk of contracting polio,” according to the World Health Organization.