Bill Gates called Gen Bajwa, appreciated armed forces efforts in eradicating Polio

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The Co-founder of Microsoft Corporation Bill Gates called Pakistan’s Chief of Amry Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa. Gates appreciated Pakistan Army’s constant support towards the cause of the eradication of polio in Pakistan.

The DG ISPR in his official statement issued on Thursday informed about the telephonic conversation that was held between Bill Gates and COAS Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa.

“Bill Gates called COAS. Acknowledged supporting efforts by Pakistan Army for successfully eradicating Polio from Pakistan.” The Army chief praised Bill Gate’s efforts towards the noble cause and reiterated the support of armed forces in the cause.

“COAS appreciated his efforts towards this noble cause and assured him continued full cooperation in the best interest of Pakistan” the statement read further.

Read more: Ray of hope: Pakistan’s journey towards a Polio-free country

Pakistan and Afghanistan are among the few countries left in the world that are still grappling with the Polio virus. The numbers of reported cases in Pakistan have greatly reduced in the past several years.

One of the biggest impediments in battling Polio was the uncertain law and order situation in the country, with polio workers under constant attack from the militants. Hence, armed forces took up the challenge to collaborate with the government not only in the Tribal areas but also in the entire country.

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has been actively working in Pakistan for the eradication of Polio in Pakistan and the adjoining areas of Afghanistan. Besides providing monetary support, the foundation has assisted with technical support and training of the polio workers.

Read more: Bill Gates to increase aid to Pakistan

Bill Gates also acknowledged Pakistan’s use of the innovative system for immunization projects. He stated the rest of the world should follow Pakistan in this realm.

Earlier this year, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation announced to increase the financial aid to Pakistan. In a letter written to Minister for National Health Services (NHS), Gates commended the government’s continued commitment towards the cause.

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