Cricket Champs Advocate to Bowl out Polio
LUCKNOW, Uttar Pradesh, India – Cricket aces championed the cause of polio eradication in Lucknow on the eve of the Ranji Trophy match between Uttar Pradesh and Delhi on November 23, 2009.
The players expressed their concern about the rising number of polio cases in their home states of UP and Delhi. Cricketers RP Singh, Suresh Raina, Mohammad Kaif and Akash Chopra administered oral polio drops to children in Lucknow in an attempt to create awareness about the need to eradicate this crippling disease.
“Out of the 100 vulnerable blocks in the country, 66 are in UP. The count in UP is 503 out of 624 polio cases which is alarming. We need to do that extra bit for eradicating the disease” said RP Singh. “I intend to visit the slums and bastis (clusters) of poor in my district Rae-Bareli to spread awareness on the disease” added Singh.
In their appeal, the team urged all parents to give Oral Polio Vaccine (OPV) every time it is offered.
“Even while traveling, parents should immunise their children as transit vaccination teams are available at railway stations and on roads,” said Akash Chopra.
The event was organized as part of UNICEF’s ongoing effort to galvanize wide support for the programme to eradicate polio from the country.