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Rotary spent Rs 5,000 cr on polio eradication: Sakuji Tanaka

Posted on Nov 22, 08:42PM | UNI

Rotary International Global President Sakuji Tanaka today said it spent Rs 5,000 crore for Polio eradication in third world countries.

Addressing a news conference here, Mr Tanaka said Indians are playing a very important role in Rotary as one-tenth Rotarians in the world are from India and one-tenth of Rotary clubs also in India.

Today, Polio is almost eradicated from the world except India, Pakistan and Afghanistan, he said.

He said India has no fresh polio incidents in the last two years and India will be declared as 'Polio free country' if no cases are reported in next twelve months.

Rotary International will value India's involvement, commitment and contribution and will definitely give back to India, he said. Rotary had declared war against Polio in 1988.

By 1988, 122 countries were facing Polio problem.

"We need peace as well for vaccinators to go into countries such as Afghanistan to prevent children from getting polio," he said. "It is through our work as Rotarians that we help to build the foundation for a more peaceful world." The Rotary will focus on six point programme which included water, sanitation, basic education, disease prevention, economic and social development, he said.

Rotary also declared its new mission 100 per cent literacy in India, South Asian countries by the year 2017, he said.