In Pakistan, His Excellency Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani has announced sweeping changes to address the drastic rise in new polio cases in 2011. At a meeting of the National Task Force on Polio Eradication chaired by the Prime Minister, a strengthened and reinvigorated National Emergency Action Plan was launched. As a first step, the Prime Minister announced the appointment of Ms Shahnaz Wazir Ali as the Prime Minister's Focal Person for Polio. Ms Wazir Ali has already had a long and successful public service career, being Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Social Sector and member of the national assembly of Pakistan. Her appointment as the Prime Minister's Focal Person for Polio was widely applauded by partner agencies at country, regional and global levels.
The Prime Minister clearly underlined that activities and accountability needed to be tracked and monitored at the provincial level. To this effect, the Chief Minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), the Governor of KP, the Chief Minister of Sindh and Balochistan's Provincial Minister for Law all provided clear assurances that their offices would provide greater oversight to rapidly improve polio operations. Senior officials will be appointed by the Chief Ministers and the Governor of KP for each province and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA). Chief Ministers and the Governor of KP will personally review the latest epidemiology on a monthly basis and take corrective measures as necessary. Primary focus is on ensuring full accountability of district and Union-Council level staff.