Islamabad - The prime minister’s focal person on polio while chairing the national steering committee meeting Tuesday stressed the stakeholders and partners to effectively utilise the current low transmission season to arrest poliovirus transmission in the country. “Cabinet committee of immunisation will be convened soon to review the security apparatus in place to conduct secured campaigns in the country,” apprised Ayesha Raza Farooq to the participants of the meeting. She also expressed her concern over attack on the polio teams in Charsadda during the first day of the campaign. The meeting was attended by secretary health, DG health, other officials and development partners.

Ayesha while talking to the participants stressed upon the finalisation of operational plans of low transmission season to be implemented in true letter and spirit.

“There is dire need to improve the reporting and data collection mechanism of the provincial and district polio control rooms so that the performance should be monitored,” she said. She also appreciated the support of the Pakistan Army in the security compromised areas.

The national steering committee also reviewed the vaccine stocks, management and availability of the vaccine for the current low transmission season. The status of phased introduction of IPV was also presented to the committee members while the updates on the current communication plan was also shared with the members to highlight the importance of the low transmission season in arresting poliovirus transmission across the country.