LAHORE: Rotary International arranged a seminar at a local hotel on Saturday to mark World Polio Day.

Adviser to Chief Minister on Health Kh Salman Rafiq was the guest of honour at the function attended by Director General Health Services Punjab Dr Zahid Pervaiz, Chair National Polio Plus Committee Aziz Memon, UNICEF, WHO, Gates Foundation and renowned paediatricians. The World Polio Day is commemorated on October 24 but the date was revised to October 31 due to Ashura. Kh Salman Rafiq paid tributes to Rotary for contribution to the national cause.

He said the Rotary’s volunteers were always present in the remotest corners of the province.

“Pakistan has made great progress over the last two years and now leading the efforts through innovations like E-vaccs,” the adviser said. Punjab’s routine immunization has reached 74 per cent, he added.

Aziz Memon briefed the audience about the challenges the volunteers faced and contributions of Rotary in other provinces as well. He said polio was a national cause and Rotary takes this as national responsibility urging all to come forward. He appreciated the commitment of the provincial government towards the cause of polio eradication.

Rotary’s District Governor Sajid Bhatti highlighted the contribution of its volunteers at PTPs and in high-risk districts.

Rotary International is an international service organisation whose stated human rights purpose is to bring together business and professional leaders in order to provide humanitarian services, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and to advance goodwill and peace around the world.

There are 34,282 member clubs worldwide while 1.2 million individuals called Rotarians have joined these clubs.