Rotarian travels to Nigeria to dispense polio vaccinations

Greyson Schwing, a member of the Devon Rotary and owner of Antelope Web. will travel to Nigeria, Africa in late November to participate in a world-wide effort to eradicate polio.

Schwing joins a small team of Rotarians on a mission to participate in a National Immunization Day program, hosted by Rotary International. Volunteers will work in the field dispensing polio vaccinations to children in an effort to halt the spread of the disease.

In 2016, there have been four reported cases of polio in Nigeria, and in 2015 there were 75 confirmed cases of polio worldwide, Rotary officials said in a press release.

This is down 99.9% from over 1,000 new cases each day in the 1980s. Rotarians have immunized 2.5 billion children in 122 countries. Their efforts will continue until there are no polio cases in the world.

Two other countries that have confirmed polio cases in the last two years are Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Volunteers help raise funds to offset the cost of travel, lodging and expenses for the Rotarians. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will match every dollar donated to the Polio Plus program.

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The Devon Rotary is made up of area business professionals who volunteer time to raise money through annual fundraising. Member meetings are every Wednesday at 7:30 a.m., at The Bridge House Restaurant, 49 Bridgeport Avenue, in Devon. Meetings are open and membership is available.

Contact President Henry Jadach at for more information.