World Polio Day 2018 was marked yesterday during an event at the seat of the Physically Handicapped Welfare Association (PHWA) in Rose Hill. The Vice-Prime Minister, Minister of Local Government and Outer Islands, Minister of Gender Equality, Child Development and Family Welfare, Mrs Fazila Jeewa-Daureeawoo, was present. A water purifier was donated to the Association by the Rotary Club of Phoenix on that occasion.

The number of disabled members presently attending the Centre is 40, that is, 28 women and 12 men, aged between 18 and 60 years. The Association currently takes care of six people who are affected by polio.

The PHWA has as objectives: bring relief and promote the welfare and development of the physically handicapped in Mauritius; improve their quality of life and give them a hope and a future; provide them with a social, educational and economic framework and an entertaining environment, all essentials for their own personal growth, their self-sufficiency and their integration into society.

World Polio Day was initiated by the Rotary Foundation nearly a decade ago with the aim of complete eradication of Polio virus from all the parts of the world. Rotary club is a partner in the Global Polio eradication Program with other organisations.

Source: Government of Mauritius