ISLAMABAD - An international team of experts from different parts of the world ended its two-day review of the polio eradication initiative for Pakistan and Afghanistan. The team was given a detailed presentation by the federal and provincial health managers from all over the country regarding measures to control the spread of the poliovirus and eradicate the disease. The provincial secretaries health from all over the country were present on the occasion while the country head of the immunisation programme in Afghanistan and a large number of international organisation working both in Pakistan and Afghanistan participated. In his remarks, Federal Director General Health Dr Assad Hafeez said all out efforts were being made to eradicate polio under the new National Emergency Action Plan. An independent assessment of our new plan was absolutely essential at this time so that we are confident that we are moving in the right direction, remarked Dr Assad while addressing the members of the international team which included stalwarts like Dr Bruce Aylward, Global Polio Team Leader and Dr M.H. Wahdan, Special Adviser on Polio in the region. He said that all eyes are on the provincial and district teams to produce results in the shortest possible time. Expressing concern over the upsurge of polio cases during last year in the country, the team noted that some key measures have been taken to change the current state of things. They team said a national emergency task force on polio eradication has been constituted , each province has developed a provincial emergency plan for polio eradication, and provincial steering committees or task forces have been formed to oversee implementation of these plans. At national level in the Prime Ministers Office, and provincial level in key provinces, polio monitoring cells are being formed to provide day to day monitoring of the implementation of emergency plans, and to identify issues requiring action, hw said.