MPs from all parties, including Chesterfield MP Toby Perkins, took part in a wheelchair basketball game on World Polio Day to support the ‘One Last Push’ campaign to eradicate polio. The teams were made up of MPs, polio survivors and some of the Team GB Paralympic team.
Toby said, “I was pleased to see the level of support for such a great campaign, and thoroughly enjoyed the game even though the GB Paralympians put my skills to shame.”
The campaign has support from Governments around the world as well as being backed by the World Health Organisation (WHO), UNICEF and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The UK has
announced £100m of funding for the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, which aims to provide vaccinations to 45 million children.
Toby said, “There was only 37 reported cases of polio in 2016, compared to 850,000 per year less than 20 years ago, and it really does feel that ‘One Last Push’ could see this debilitating disease eradicated for good”.