Living the dream to eradicate polio

February 9, 2019

Polio Virus story
Dr Ujala Nayyar – WHO Surveillance Officer – 50% of the people who do this job in Pakistan, are women.  In Nigeria, it is 90% who are women.


Dr. Ujala Nayyar dreams, both figuratively and literally, about a world that is free from polio.

Nayyar, the World Health Organization’s surveillance officer in Pakistan’s Punjab province, says she often imagines the outcome of her work in her sleep.

In her waking life, she leads a team of health workers who crisscross Punjab to hunt down every potential incidence of polio virus, testing sewage and investigating any reports of paralysis that might be polio. Pakistan is one of just two countries that continue to report cases of polio caused by the wild virus

This link will take you to the full story on the Rotary International web site