Norwich MEP Alex Mayer championing worldwide campaign to stop polio
- Credit: supplied by Alex Mayer
A regional politician will become an ambassador for a worldwide campaign to eradicate polio.
Norwich MEP Alex Mayer will officially become a polio champion for the One Last Push campaign on Friday, March 24, at the Centrum Hub on Norwich Research Park.
She will meet polio campaigner Mark Pointer, who works in the microbiology department at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.
Polio was driven out of the UK in the 1950s but there are fewer than 50 cases of the viral infection worldwide in pockets of Nigeria, Pakistan and Afghanistan.
Ms Mayer said: 'I am proud to become a polio champion and support this excellent campaign. Until polio is stamped out for good there is still the chance it could return to our shores.
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'The goal of a polio free world is tantalisingly close. Now the government and the European Union must commit to finish the job.'
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