‘Polio: The Final Mile’ at OSF’s Featherstone Clinic Oct. 5

From press release

Dr. Abdulrahman Olatunji Funsho, consultant physician/cardiologist and specialist on African health care, will visit from Nigeria to present “Polio: The Final Mile” from 7 to 8 p.m., Monday, Oct. 5, at the Featherstone Auditorium at OSF Specialty Clinic at Guilford Square. Rotary International District 6420 (northwest Illinois), OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center and the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford are co-sponsors of this event.

Funsho will be involved in a teaching dinner at the University of Illinois College of Medicine Sunday night. As a World Health Organization (WHO) site for research, the college is interested in learning about medical challenges in Nigeria and is eager to encourage medical students to become involved in volunteer work in medically-underserved areas.

WHO Regional Director Dr. Luís Gomes Sambo stressed the need to do more to achieve a polio-free Africa. He said: “The African region has witnessed a recent setback with increasing numbers of children being paralyzed by polio in a few countries in the year 2009. In all infected countries, all under-5 children must be reached during house-to-house vaccination.”

Rotary International is the world’s first service club organization, with more than 1.2 million members in 33,000 clubs worldwide. Rotary club members are volunteers who work locally, regionally and internationally to combat hunger, improve health and sanitation, provide education and job training, promote peace, and eradicate polio under the motto, “Service above self.”

OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center adopted Rockford Rotary’s mission work at St. Gerard’s hospital in Nigeria and had three nurses participate in a trip there last year. Elise Cadigan, district governor for Rotary International, participated in the trip, met Dr. Funsho and was compelled to have him speak about polio to the community.

Funsho studied medicine at the Ahmadu Bello University Zaria in Nigeria and did his postgraduate specialization studies at The Royal postgraduate medical school and the National Institute of Neurology, London. He served the Lagos and Kano state governments as a member of the Kano state health services management board and senior consultant physician. He was the state chairman of the Guild of Medical Directors and a fellow of the Royal College of physicians of the United Kingdom. He is a health care consultant and principal associate of Funsho & Associates.

He joined Rotary Club of Kano in 1985 and has served as the district Polio-Plus chairman, Rotary Foundation grants sub-committee chairman, district trainer, and chairman of a project addressing population, family health and HIV/AIDS education issues. He has been instrumental in projects involving free eye glasses, water boreholes, free computers, wheelchairs and the Ade Majiyagbe Jaipur limb project. He served on the literacy and numeracy task force and was regional coordinator of the health and hunger resource group.

For more information about the presentation, contact Elise Cadigan at (815) 985-8300.

From the September 30 – October 6, 2009 issue

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