According to the statement issued by DG Inter-Services Public Relations Maj. Gen Asif Ghafoor this Thursday, Microsoft Corporation’s co-founder Bill Gates called Chief of Army Staff Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa to appreciate his efforts for polio eradication.
“Bill Gates called COAS. Acknowledged supporting efforts by Pakistan Army for successfully eradicating Polio from Pakistan.” – ISPR said in the statement.
The military’s social media wing also said that COAS appreciated Bill Gates’ concern towards the cause and assured him continued full cooperation in the particular regard. Army extended their role in the cause beyond Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) and redefined the goal to eradicate the disease from across the country.
Bill Gates also appreciated the use of Pakistan’s use of the innovative system for immunization projects. He said that the rest of the world should follow Pakistan’s realm.
Bill Gates called COAS. Acknowledged supporting efforts by Pakistan Army for successfully eradicating Polio from Pakistan. COAS appreciated his efforts towards this noble cause and assured him continued full cooperation in best interest of Pakistan.@BillGates #PolioFreePakistan
— Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor (@OfficialDGISPR) June 7, 2018
Afghanistan and Pakistan are the only two countries in the world that are still grappling with Polio Virus even in 2018. However, the number of reported cases have visibly and significantly reduced in the recent years.
Fight against polio in Pakistan faced many hurdles due to uncertain law and order situation, religious labels and attacks on polio workers. Hence, armed forces collaborated with the government to overcome these challenges and add more impact to the campaign not only in Tribal countries but in the entire country.
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has been dedicatedly and actively working since few years in Pakistan for the elimination of polio in Pakistan and the adjoining areas of Afghanistan. Besides monetary funds, the foundation has also equipped the workers with technical support and modern training.
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation announced to increase the financial aid to Pakistan earlier this year. In a letter written to Minister for NHS (National Health Services), Gates lauded the government’s continued commitment towards the cause.
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