PESHAWAR - The federal government, in consultation and collaboration with its federating units, is working to submit a 'National Health Vision' to formulate strategies to eradicate polio and all other fatal disease.

The federal and KP governments are taking concrete measures to ensure polio eradication by year 2016, Federal Minister of State for Health Services, Saira Afzal Tarar said on Wednesday.

The federal government will provide financial and technical support to the KP government in its efforts to root out polio from the province, she said. Projects like 'Sehat Ka Insaf' and 'Sehat Ka Ittehad' initiated by the KP government have yielded encouraging and impressive results, as there has been a considerable reduction in polio cases as compared to the last year, she added.

Saira said this during a meeting with KP Senior Minister for Health Shahram Tarakai and other officials.

Polio is a national issue and though Khyber Pakhtunkhwa was facing many other problems of grave concern but still eradication of polio is on its top priority, Shahram said.

'Sehat Ka Insaf' and 'Sehat Ka Ittehad' programmes were the manifestation of commitment of the KP government and there has been 46 per cent reduction in polio cases in the province as compared to the last year, he said.

"It was not possible for the provincial and federal governments to overcome the issue alone rather all the relevant bodies, individuals and public should make coordinated efforts and shoulder the governments' efforts to eradicate the menace of polio from the country", he said.

Majority of the polio cases have been detected in provincial capital, which is due to the huge influx of refugees from Afghanistan and the adjacent tribal areas, he added.

Both the ministers discussed matters related to the implementation of National Emergency Action Plan 2015-16, preparations for the upcoming polio campaigns in the province, security issues of polio workers, timely payment of stipends to polio workers, ensuring maximum coverage in the upcoming polio drives and provision of funds for the purpose.

The deputy commissioners of all districts were directed to review micro plans of polio campaign in their respective district and ensure maximum coverage with special focus on chronic refusal cases.

The meeting stressed the need to involve newly-elected local bodies members in the polio campaign to achieve cent per cent results.

The home department was asked to chalk out foolproof security plan for polio vaccinators during the campaigns.

Meanwhile, in another meeting of the federal minister with the provincial health department, matters related to the proposed "Nation Vision for Health" status of National Health Insurance Programme in the provinces and routine immunisation came under discussion and important decisions were made.