Our CEO, Ted Hill MBE, wrote a letter to press editors on Tuesday, 31 March in response to the Rotary International End Polio Now torch. The torch is making its way around the globe to recognise the eradication of Polio in India. You can read the letter below:
Polio flame reminds us of burning PPS issue
A flame has been making its way across parts of England this week to recognise the fact that India has become the latest nation to be declared Polio-free. As CEO of The British Polio Fellowship I’d like to offer my praise to this great initiative from Rotary International, who is behind the torch relay, and join them in shouting about this great step in the quest for Polio eradication.
The torch will visit various towns and cities across the globe including, Sydney, Toronto and Madras, as well as the British Rotary clubs of Northampton, Cambridge and Bath this week in celebration of the End Polio Now campaign. New cases of Polio are now confined to only a handful of nations, including Pakistan and Afghanistan and the disease was eradicated in much of the western world during the nineties.
However, there is still a problem with Polio that still affects approximately 120,000 Polio survivors in the UK alone in the form of the late effects of Polio and Post Polio Syndrome (PPS). PPS is a debilitating neurological condition which causes symptoms such as weakness, chronic fatigue, reduction in stamina and cold intolerance and The British Polio Fellowship continues to try and raise awareness.
Although the breakthrough in India is great news for the battle against Polio, let’s not forget those still living with PPS here in the UK. To find out more visit www.BritishPolio.org.uk
Ted Hill MBE
CEO, The British Polio Fellowship