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Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 20 November 2018

Eradicating polio is a victory for humankind

Our readers have their say on polio vaccination, cricket and the environment

India's captain Virat Kohli celebrates scoring 10,000 runs in one-day internationals during the second one-day international cricket match between India and West Indies in Visakhapatnam, India, Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)
India's captain Virat Kohli celebrates scoring 10,000 runs in one-day internationals during the second one-day international cricket match between India and West Indies in Visakhapatnam, India, Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)

With reference to your editorial The eradication of polio is finally within our grasp (October 24), it is indeed a victory for humankind that this crippling disease is now disappearing from the face of the earth. The 22 cases of polio reported to the World Health Organisation is minimal, compared to the numbers recorded some three decades ago.

It clearly proves that medical advancement is working well and with a co-ordinated effort by various governments and social organisations, the results are promising.

The preventive measures put in place to stop its further spread are a great success. This is a true lesson that any disease that is detected in the early stages can be cured with dedicated efforts from people and organisations. However, more focus is needed in underprivileged countries where the prevailing health system isn't equipped to make significant progress due to inadequate supplies and expertise.

It is certainly the responsibility of the global community to fight this disease with the aim of completely eradicating polio and other diseases that claim the lives of newborn babies.

Ramachandran Nair, Muscat

Inspiring Kohli knocked me for six with his performance

Regarding your story India's Virat Kohli joins elite club of 10,000-plus run-scorers (October 24), the Indian cricket player Virat Kohli's magnificent showing in his 205th one-day cricket international, against the West Indies in Vizakhapatnam, has knocked the spots off former master Sachin Tendulkar's earlier record and was amazing to behold. He was rightly complimented by his fellow record-holder. In recent years Kohli's tremendous performance and record-breaking has been laudable. It is little wonder he is loved by millions of cricket fans. Kudos to a great player.

K Ragavan, Bengaluru

A lightbulb moment for good ideas to save environment

With reference to your story UAE residents need to change energy habits, including air conditioning, green Dubai firm warns (October 25), I think 70 per cent of bills are for cooling. The rest goes towards lighting and appliance.

Moaz Bhutta, UAE

Prices are really high in Dubai. I'm shocked to hear sometimes what people pay for Dewa per month. People just have to switch off their air conditioning when they leave home, use less electricity and be a little more thoughtful about it. The AC is the main problem. This year it is cooling down later than usual so everyone is still using their AC. If it was already cooler now, it would be switched off.

Ellen de Boer, Dubai

It is easily managed. Just put the AC on at a reasonable temperature instead of leaving it open 24 hours a day at 18C. We have a Sewa bill of just Dh300 per month and use LED or energy-saving lights instead of 100-watt blinding bulbs lighting up your house like a Christmas tree.

Some people leave their lights on all day, even when they're sleeping and then wonder why the bill is so high.

Edwin Laagland, Sharjah

There is no one single silver bullet. It has to do with a multi-faceted approach and a change in social behaviour, market forces, legislation and environmental education.

Mazen Hassan, UAE