ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has expressed strong commitment to make Pakistan a polio free country.
Chairing a high level meeting of Polio Task Force in Islamabad Friday‚ he emphasized the need for mutual resolve and collective will to achieve the cherished goal of complete eradication of polio from the country.
The Prime Minister stressed that the success of the National Emergency Action Plan‚ developed in consultation with all stake holders‚ depends on its proper implementation. He said that civil-military coordination mechanism will help a great deal in eradicating polio from FATA.
Assuring complete support from the Federal Government‚ Nawaz Sharif expressed the hope that the provincial governments will further enhance their efforts and target the specified areas for optimal results. He asked for nominating senior government officials as provincial polio focal persons and establishing Provincial Monitoring Control rooms.
Minister of State for National Health Services Saira Afzal Tarar briefed the meeting on strategies evolved for polio eradication from the country.
She said there were 2600 reported cases of polio in 1994 while the figure for 2013 stands at 28‚ showing a sharp decline in polio cases in the country. She proposed that the Task Force must meet on quarterly basis to overview the progress made.
Regional Director‚ World Health Organization Dr. Ala Alwan‚ appreciated decline in polio cases in Pakistan and stressed that coordinated efforts must continue till the complete eradication of polio from the country.
The meeting was attended by Governor Khyber Pakhtunkhawa Engineer Shaukatullah‚ Chief Minister Pervez Khattak‚ Chief Minister Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah and Prime Minister Azad Jammu and Kashmir Chaudhry Abdul Majeed.
Earlier Regional Director World Health Organization Dr Ala Alwan called on the Prime Minister.
Talking to him‚ the Prime Minister said that Pakistan values the support extended by WHO in different areas of health sector including Polio Eradication. NNI