End of polio may be threatened

Federal government plans may lead to resurgence of deadly disease

Polio, one of the world’s oldest scourges, is on the verge of being eradicated. It isn’t very often that we see a disease completely wiped out, but we are almost there.

An exciting milestone in history, unless …

If our government follows through with their announcement that they intend to slash our 2013 international development aid budget by $319 million, there is no doubt this crippling disease will resurge, causing the paralysis and death of children once again.

With budget cuts, hard-fought gains on polio eradication and other diseases will be lost. Bill Gates’ Foundation has highlighted polio in its recent funding priorities, so why not the Canadian government? Reverse the cuts or recklessly risk endangering children’s lives.

Anita Mark

Saanichton