In a telephone conversation with Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), Prime Minister Imran Khan reaffirmed his government’s commitment to eradicate poliovirus, stating that only one case had been reported in the country this year.
Gates pledged his continued support to Pakistan’s polio program while discussing ways to protect the gains that had been made against the virus. Both expressed the importance of resuming polio vaccination campaigns in neighbouring Afghanistan, the only other country apart from Pakistan where polio is endemic.
Prime Minister @ImranKhanPTI spoke with Mr.@BillGates, co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), on Tuesday, to discuss polio eradication efforts and the Foundation’s support towards improving nutrition as well as financial services in Pakistan. 🇵🇰 pic.twitter.com/TUE69x479f
— Prime Minister’s Office, Pakistan (@PakPMO) October 6, 2021
The PM urged Microsoft’s co-founder to consider providing humanitarian assistance to Afghan people, half of whom are living below the poverty line. He also thanked Gates for his Foundation’s invaluable assistance.
Gates congratulated the prime minister for Pakistan’s COVID-19 vaccine roll-out and highlighted his foundation’s collaboration with government programs, including Ehsaas which was making impressive progress in “reducing stunting, and the digitization of the National Savings Program through Karandaaz.”
From : pk.mashable.com