Okeechobee County observes World Polio Day

Posted 10/20/22

The Okeechobee County Board of Commissioners  designated Oct. 24, 2022 as World Polio Day in Okeechobee County.

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Okeechobee County observes World Polio Day

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OKEECHOBEE — The Okeechobee County Board of Commissioners  designated Oct. 24, 2022 as World Polio Day in Okeechobee County.

Rotary is a global network of 1.2 million neighbors, friends, leaders, and problem-solvers who unite and take action to create lasting change in communities across the globe. The Rotary motto, Service Above Self, inspires members to provide humanitarian service, follow high ethical standards and promote goodwill and peace in the world. 

In 1985, Rotary launched PolioPlus and in 1988 helped establish the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, which today includes the World Health Organization, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, UNICEF, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, to immunize the children of the world against polio.

Polio cases have dropped by 99.9 percent since 1988 and the world stands on the threshold of eradicating the disease.

Toni Wiersma of the Okeechobee Rotary Club  accepted the Proclamation.

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