Local MEP Alex Mayer has officially become a Polio Champion for the "One Last Push campaign".
Ms Mayer met Norwich campaigner Mark Pointer. Mr. Pointer, who works in the Microbiology Department at the Norfolk & Norwich Hospital, explained that while polio was driven out of the UK in the 1950s, the worldwide battle is not yet over, but it could be with one last push.
The disease that left generations of people in the UK paralysed is still clinging on in hard to reach places. But with less than 50 cases worldwide, in pockets of Nigeria, Pakistan and Afghanistan, now is a critical moment to finally eradicate the disease globally.
Ms Mayer said: “I am proud to become a Polio Champion and support this excellent campaign. Until polio is stamped out for good there is still the chance it could return to our shores as it did in Ukraine in 2015.
“The goal of a polio free world is tantalisingly close. Now the government and the European Union must commit to finish the job.”