ISLAMABAD- Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said today that a comprehensive communication strategy was being evolved which would promote immunization as the right of every child and also called upon every segment of the society to ensure that children were being given their due rights.

A ceremony was held at the Prime Minister House in connection with the World Polio Day. On the occasion, the premier met polio-affected children and their parents.

Later, the prime minister administered polio vaccination drops to children and expressed commitment on behalf of his government towards eradicating the crippling virus. He said all resources were being made available to eradicate polio. Prime Minister Nawaz said that the premier's office had recently adopted a polio eradication initiative for monitoring and reviewing progress on the issue, which he termed as one of "utmost importance".

He said a Prime Minister's Focus Group for polio emergency had also been constituted to hold monthly meetings to assess the performance of the eradication program. Despite efforts by the government and other stakeholders, number of polio cases in the country has increased by four times in the year 2014 when compared to the corresponding period last year.