Bill Gates calls Gen Qamar, acknowledges supporting role in eradicating polio

Initially published in The Express Tribune on June 7, 2018

Microsoft Corporation co-founder Bill Gates called Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa and acknowledged military’s supporting efforts to eradicate polio from Pakistan.

“Bill Gates called COAS,” the Inter-Services Public Relations said in a statement on Thursday.

“Acknowledged supporting efforts by Pakistan Army for successfully eradicating Polio from Pakistan.”

The military’s media wing added that the COAS appreciated Bill Gates’ efforts towards this noble cause and assured him continued full cooperation in [the] best interest of Pakistan.

The army’s role to eradicate polio was not limited to Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata) as it was given the task [to eradicate the disease] from the entire country.

Last month, the philanthropist acknowledged Pakistan’s use of innovative systems for immunisation coverage, terming it an example for the rest of the world to emulate. He termed the results achieved by Dr Umar Saif are unprecedented in the world.

The business magnet Dr Saif, chairman Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB), was invited by the Bill and Malinda Gates Foundation to Seattle as part of the Global Good meeting in Seattle, US.

Syndicated from: https://tribune.com.pk/story/1730166/1/

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