Thirsk Rotarians take part in mass vaccination scheme in India

Darlington and Stockton Times: CAPTION: Rotarian Tony Jordan administers the polio vaccine to a child in Kerala, India. CAPTION: Rotarian Tony Jordan administers the polio vaccine to a child in Kerala, India.

A COUPLE who are determined to see polio eradicated have travelled to India to help administer a massive immunisation drive.

Rotarians Tony and Carol Jordan, of Thirsk, visited the southern state of Kerala to give two drops of the vaccine to children on a day in which 172 million youngsters across India received the treatment.

The pair were part of a 34-member team from Yorkshire who went on a self-funded trip to help Rotarians to administer Polio drops to thousands of children.

Mr Jordan said: "We are on the brink of making history by beating polio once and for all. Polio is being eradicated globally, as evidenced by the fact that there were only 175 cases in 2012 compared to 350,000 in 1988."

Thirsk Rotary Club members will hold a market stall on Saturday, February 23, in Thirsk, to raise funds for the campaign which Rotary International launched 25 years ago.

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