Islamabad: Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said Wednesday that the country will be polio-free in six months.
Addressing the anti-polio steering committee meeting, Sharif said negligence in eradicating polio will be considered a crime, Geo News reported.
The prime minister directed provinces to take effective measures for the elimination of the deadly disease.
Sharif formed the anti-polio committee of the federal cabinet comprising the defence, health and interior ministers.
He stressed the elimination of polio was a national responsibility and the fight against the virus had to be won at all costs.
A focus group was also formed during the meeting which will present a report to Sharif in every 15 days regarding the developments.
Earlier, the prime minister met with the chief ministers of all four provinces to discuss strategies for elimination of the disease.