Sierre Leone scores a goal with well-timed NIDs …

The signing of the ball by the Hon.Vice-President Alhaji Sam Sumana of Sierre Leone in his office was no doubt a highlight, especially for the Rotarians who had organised the ceremony. Activities were concluded at the meeting of the RC of Sierre Leone on Thursday, May 13 after a very successful visit of this magical ball.

Rotarians are photographed here below with the Hon. Vice-President Alhaji Sam Sumana of Sierre Leone for the traditional signing of the ball. KPOA Coordinator President Emmanuel Thomas is positioned to the right of the Hon. Vice-President.

The arrival of the football in Sierre Leone on May 10, 2010 coincided with the final round of the country-wide vaccination campaign (NID) spearheaded by WHO, Unicef and the Ministry of Health and Sanitation, with  good support from the Rotary club of Freetown. The ball was received by members of the Rotary Club of Freetown and the Deputy Resident Representative of WHO. The focal point for polio at the Ministry of Health & Sanitation came shortly after receipt of the ball.

Tuesday, May 11 was media day. This commenced with the President of the RC of Freetown taking part in a live TV interview where information in respect of polio and Rotary’s involvement was broadcast. This TV programme was repeated again, later the same day. “In addition, a Past President also took part in a live radio programme on the same theme” writes KPOA coordinator Emmanuel Thomas, President of the RC of Freetown. 

The press attache at the Vice-President’s office also issued a press release about the signing of the ball based, on the Rotary information provided.

There are only three Rotary clubs with a total of 82 members in Sierre Leone and they do outstanding work, particularly in the field of polio eradication. Only one case has been reported compared to (0) cases in the same period in 2009, with the onset of paralysis of the most recent case on February 28, 2010. The message is loud and clear. This is not the time for complacency. We need to stop the spread of this virus in its tracks and kick polio out of Africa.

Next Stop:  Abidjan, Cote D’ Ivoire …

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