The Rotary International District 9125 have organized a golf tournament to celebrate the forthcoming World Polio Day at the IBB International Golf & Country Club.
The tournament according to the District governor, Victor Onukwugha was initiated to generate awareness towards eradication of polio as well as to commemorate the efforts of those committed to the eradication of Polio.
“Rotary club has been in the forefront of fighting polio across the world. We have achieved a very big milestone in this country.
We have successfully kicked out polio, now we are kicking the ball. We will continue to carry out immunization in all areas prone to polio,” he said.
On the choice of golf as part of the celebration, Onukwugha said golf is a unifying sports that has no restrictions in age compared to other sports
“Golf is very instructive and it’s for professionals in the first instance. Old men and women can’t play tennis or football but golf is for everybody.
“Golf symbolizes those that achieved in their professions or in business. In golf, we tee off and in polio, we kick out,” he said.
In his own submission, the chairman of National Polio Committee, Rotary, Nigeria, Dr Tunji Funsho said exercise through sports was vital to kick out polio as well as other diseases.
“Every human disease has components that keeping fit allows you to prevent or in some cases even cure. The body is its own best doctor and most of the drugs we use surmount illness.
“We have been observing World Polio Day for the last ten years to create awareness of the need to continue immunizing our children from polio. This particular event ends on 26th of October and it is continuing creating awareness.
“Without the government support, we wouldn’t be here. There is absolute commitment from the federal government. When we had the outbreak from Maiduguri in 2016, the president provided N9.8bn from the budget to ensure we do all was necessary to keep a cap on the polio virus.
“The more you exercise, the more your immune system is able to protect against infections,” he said.