ISLAMABAD - The Federal Ministry for Health is concerned about the rise in the number of polio cases in the country and is devising a strategy to counter the Challenges hampering the effectiveness of the EPI programme. The minister has directed the Health Ministry to engage in a dialogue with the authorities at the provincial and district level into contain the problem. In this regard, the Director General Federal Ministry of health met with the provincial health authorities of Sindh, and the regional and national WHO experts to chalk out strategy to counter challengers impending the immunisation campaign. "The situation in Sindh where 11 cases have been reported so far is a causes of concern", said Ms Sherry Rehman briefing the media about the government's efforts to address the issue.  "Unlike the tribal areas, the Sindh Province has no resistance to the immunisation drive. The persistent rise in the polio cases points to deficiencies in administration and management of the campaign. This must be addressed on an urgent basis. The minister informed that the meeting held in Karachi, reviewed the findings of the polio surveillance cell with the senior authorities of the Sindh Health Ministry  and city District Government of Karachi, " The meeting focused on identifying missing links in the administration of the campaign and in the coordination between the district health authorities and the management of the programme.  It was decided that the district health authorities would be persuaded to make a more active contribution to the campaign. The success of our expand programme for immunisation depends on its effective implementation on the grassroots level and we connot afford any compromises or lapses there." Sherry Rehman said that the province of Sindh, where an immunisation drive starts on August 19, has room for better coordination between different ministries to assist the EPI initiative. "The DG Health Sindh has been tasked to devise a working order between the health, education and family welfare departments so that all sections of the administration are channelised to ensure an effective implementation of the programme", she added. Sherry Rehman said that the WHO has decided to carry out random checks on its vaccinations stocks and issue a monitoring reporting report on a monthly basis. "This  is a part of our efforts to ensure that all lose ends hampering the efficacy of the vaccinations drive are adequately addressed." Sherry Rehman informed that the government has taken a serious note of the reports of rise in polio cases in all four provinces and in the FATA region. "We are very concerned about the situation in the FATA and parts of NWFP. We are meeting stakeholders to devise a mechanism to pursue the drive in the region more effectively. We cannot allow our children to be deprived of this facility and be victimised for life." Requesting cooperation form parents, she said that eradication of polio is a joint battle, "We all have to play our role in making Pakistan a polio free country. The programme was initiated by late  Benazir Bhutto in 1994 with the aim to eradicate polio by the year 2000. The fact that today we are  one of the top four endemic counties in the world means that over the years we closed our eyes to the menace that threatens the physical abilities of our children. The government is totally committed to eliminate polio in the coming year and we require cooperation from all  sections of the society in this battle."