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Dorset Volunteers Set Off to Join Fight Against Polio

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8:43am 22nd February 2014

Rotarians in Dorset are working to eradicate a killer disease from the world.

By fundraising and volunteering to take part in vaccination programmes, they've helped rid India of Polio for the last three years.

The latest helpers from the county flew out this week.

But worrying news also broke this week that the Afghan capital of Kabul has reported its first case of the disease since the fall of the Taliban.

A 3-year-old girl was diagnosed with Polio.

The Health Ministry there has now ordered a vaccination programme.

Keith Barnard-Jones is a Rotarian and retired GP from Portland - he says their immunisation programme has saved countless young lives.

"Something like 10M children are walking around now that wouldn't have been if they hadn't have had the vaccine from us."
"It's expensive to do but the results are well worth it."

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