ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday held telephonic discussion regarding the anti-polio campaign in Pakistan with Co-Chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Bill Gates.
Imran Khan said earnest efforts were continuing to further intensify the anti-polio campaign across the country despite the COVID-19 challenges to achieve a polio-free Pakistan.
He reaffirmed that polio eradication would remain a key national priority for the government.
“Last year we had 56 reported cases. This year so far only one case. Insha Allah we will eradicate polio completely in the coming year,” said the PM.
Recalling that a special polio eradication campaign was launched in the country earlier this month, during which vaccine drops were administered to over 33 million children under five years of age, Imran Khan expressed his satisfaction over the substantive progress in cutting the transmission of the poliovirus in the country.
He hoped that polio will be eradicated soon with the support of all partners.
The prime minister appreciated the work of BMGF for the socio-economic uplift of the most disadvantaged people around the globe, especially for promoting universal access to health services and combating of infectious diseases.
Bill Gates expressed his appreciation for the prime minister’s leadership for this national cause. He said while progress was encouraging, keeping up pressure would be the key to ending transmission for good.
Imran Khan also asked Bill Gates if he could set up a Microsoft incubation lab in Pakistan.