PESHAWAR, 25 November: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has for the first time declared polio as notifiable disease.

All the government and private health staff have been made bound under the new order to immediately inform the Health Department in case they find existence of poliovirus anywhere. Action would be taken against officials if they failed to bring the poliovirus existence into the notice of the Health Department.

Decision to this effect was taken at a meeting between the officials of the World Health Organisation (WHO) and KP Health Minister Shahram Khan Tarakai in Peshawar on Thursday.

The minister said the KP government is committed to eliminate poliovirus from the province and it is aware of its national and international obligations in this connection. He said the KP government is taking practical steps for pursuing this goal.

KP is the first province where polio is declared notifiable disease.