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Purple for polio day

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Dudley Council is teaming up with Rotary Club International tomorrow (October 24) to raise awareness of the fight against polio.

Iconic buildings across the borough will be lit up in a purple haze after dark to mark World Polio Day.

These will include Himley Hall, the windows of the Council House, Dudley town centre and Halesowen church, St John’s.

The colour purple signifies the colour dye used on the little finger of a child who has received their life saving polio drops on mass polio immunisation days in many countries, to show they have received their life saving vaccine.

The Rotary’s pledge was made in 1985 when there were 125 polio endemic countries. The campaign aims to completely eradicate the disease which is now only endemic in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Nigeria.

Councillor David Stanley, Mayor of Dudley said,

“Dudley Council is proud to show support to the Rotary and the campaign to End Polio Now. By lighting up some of the borough’s buildings it is hoped that we can raise awareness of this worldwide campaign.”

Councillor David Vickers, Rotary Club member said,

“The Rotary is helping make great progress to eliminate polio and we will continue to battle this disease which is preventable by use of a simple vaccine. More than 2.5 billion children have been immunised reducing polio cases by 99.9 percent worldwide.”

Poliomyelitis, or polio, is a paralyzing and potentially fatal disease that still threatens children in some parts of the world. Poliovirus invades the nervous system and can cause total paralysis in hours. It can strike people of any age but mainly affects children under five. There is no cure but the preventative vaccine is highly effective.

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