Posted by Amina Sammo on Sep 07, 2018
Greetings fellow Rotarians and guests!
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End Polio Now!
Our report this week is a good one as we continue to fight the battle of ending polio forever.

Summary of new viruses:
  • Afghanistan- 2 new wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) positive environmental samples.
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo- circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 detected in the stool samples of two healthy contacts of two different negative AFP cases.
  • Nigeria- 1 new case of cVDPV2 positive environmental samples.
  • Somalia- 1 new case of cVDPV2.
Afghanistan: No new cases of wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) were reported. The total number of cases reported in Afghanistan in 2018 is 11. Two new WPV1- positive environmental samples were reported in the past week, one from Jalalabad province, and one from Kandahar province. During the August immunization campaign, almost ten million children were visited by vaccinators to protect them from the virus.

Pakistan: No new cases of wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) were reported this week. The total number of WPV1 cases reported in Pakistan in 2018 is 3. The latest case, from Dukki district, Balochistan province, had onset of paralysis on May 18th.

Nigeria: No new cases of wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) were reported in the past week. The most recently-detected WPV1 case was from Borno state, had onset of paralysis on August 21 2016. One new circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 (cVDPV2) has been reported in the past week, from Nganzai Local Government Area, Borno state with onset of paralysis on July 13th. Two new cVDPV2 positive environmental samples were reported in the past week, one from Yobe state, and one from Sokoto state. The country continues to be affected by two separate cVDPV2 outbreaks, the first centered in Jigawa state, and the second in Sokoto state. In response to cVDPV2 detection, the country continues to conduct acute flaccid paralysis surveillance strengthening activities including enhanced active surveillance visits and community sampling. The programs have also carried out an extensive search for type 2 containing vaccines (tOPV/mOPV2) in the areas surrounding where the virus was detected. The GPEI is working with regional and country counterparts and partners to support an outbreak response and plan the October sub-NID immunization activity. At the same time, outbreak response to WPV1 continues, including efforts to address surveillance and immunity gaps in parts of Borno state.

Papua New Guinea: No new cases of circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 1 (cVDPV1) were reported this week. The total cases in the country in 2018 is 4 (one from Eastern Highland, one from Enga and two from Morose province) Papua New Guinea officially launched the outbreak response campaign on July 16 in these areas. Intensified surveillance measures to improve detection of acute flaccid paralysis and poliovirus are being implemented across the country, with on the ground training for provincial and district staff being provided by NDOH and WHO.

India: The country of India has announced that there will be 1 NID to take place on February 3, 2019 with 2 Sub NIDS sometime during the year. PDG Anil Garg has sent me the NID Itinerary for the 2019 Team. Leaving from the USA flying to Delhi on January 28, 2019, meeting with WHO, UNICEF and the National Polio India Committee, participating in the NID, door to door immunizations and then other projects planned to visit.

All this information will be coming out soon to all Rotarians in D5240. Please look for it on our District website. Credit: DG Sandi
In September, as a club we are blessed to have members who have enjoyed another 365 days of life, in marriage and Rotary. We have birthdays for Rotarians Robert Stewart 23rd and Rob Miller 29th; for Rotarian spouses we have Sandra Grasso-Boyd – Bill Boyd’s on 23rd and Liza Williams – Cliff Williams’ on 28th; wedding anniversary for Wayne and Marilyn Snyder on the 9th.  On Rotary membership we have Donna Penta - 12 years, Celeste Newcomb – 5 years, Bernie Janzen – 4 years and Suresh Ranade - 2 years.
Congratulations to you all and hope to celebrate more and more in the coming years with you first as members of the Rotary E-Club of One World and as Rotarians.
As said in our previous meeting, the meeting content for September will be made possible and available by the Basic Education and Literacy Month Committee.  Let us all support them to deliver and set the standards for all of us to look up to.  Let us all look forward to another fantastic meeting coming up next and let’s all endeavor to attend meetings regularly to see what role we have to play in the current Rotary year.
Let’s all continue to BE THE INSPIRATION!!!
Yours in Rotary Service,
Amina Sammo
President 2018/2019
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