24th of October, 2014 was set aside as a day to mark World Polio Day. Rotary International, an NGO that has been at the forefront of eradicating polio worldwide, organized an inter-school debate among schools in Lagos state, to mark the event. Oxbridge College was represented by Raphael and Samir. OXPRESS CORRESPONDENT ROSEMARY COVERED THE EVENT…
There is no doubt that the best way of getting the full grasp of a topic and passing it on to the world is through intellectual teenagers sharing their views and opinions. 24th of October 2014 was indeed a day of great enlightenment, as students from internationally accredited schools gathered to share their thoughts and opinions on the effect of poliomyelitis on the socio-economy of Nigeria in a debate.
ST &T REGENCY SCHOOL, CAYLEY COLLEGE, CRESLAND COLLEGE AND OXBRIDGE TUTORIAL COLLEGE engaged in this fierce battle, giving everyone present a basic education of what polio actually is about.
Polio, or poliomyelitis, is a highly contagious viral infection that can lead to paralysis, breathing problems, or even death. The term poliomyelitis is from the Greek poliós meaning “grey”, myelós referencing the spinal cord, and -itis meaning inflammation.
Those who stood against the idea that Polio has an effect on Nigeria’s socio-economy did so with reasonable and contestable points. However Students from Oxbridge Tutorial College, who represented us in the persons of Raphael Chinwuko and Samir Buari, were of the opinion that it had no effect on the socio-economy of Nigeria.
Their points were built on the ideology that in the year 2014, Nigeria has had only 6 cases of Polio, and these cases were reported in the northern part of Nigeria and 5 specifically from Kano-State.
According to the WHO only 1 out of 200 people down with polio can be permanently paralyzed.
There were numerous points raised. It was more of an informative section than a competition, but as a form of incentive, prizes were given out and OXBRIDGE TUTORIAL COLLEGE EMERGED 3RD, following closely behind CAYLEY COLLEGE and CRESLAND COLLEGE coming tops.