Rotarian tells of India polio effort

Safe and sound: the anti-polio vaccine administered in India by Rotarians costs just 28p per dose
Safe and sound: the anti-polio vaccine administered in India by Rotarians costs just 28p per dose

A MEMBER of Oldmeldrum Rotary Club has spoken of her recent experiences in India, where she was part of a large international effort to carry out mass anti-polio vaccinations.

Sheena Clarke travelled to India with her sister Linda as part of a group of 53 Rotarians from across the UK who took part in the country’s ‘National Immunisation Day’. Although India has been polio-free for 12 months, an ongoing vaccination effort is needed to ensure that the virus does not return.

Sheena told the club that she had been based in the town of Karnal, which is 4 hours drive from Delhi. There, they had administered vaccines to children under the age of five, many of whom had been brought along by siblings who were themselves not much older.

Across India, there were some 709,000 vaccination booths in operation with 2.5m vaccinators, she said, alongside 155,000 vehicles supporting the effort.