COAS Bajwa, Bill Gates exchange views on anti-polio drive in Pakistan
June 11, 2020
RAWALPINDI (92 News) – Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa and Microsoft Founder and co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Bill Gates exchanged views on the anti-polio drive in Pakistan. According to the Director-General Inter-Services Public Relations (DG-ISPR), they discussed anti-polio vaccination campaign in Pakistan during a telephonic conversation. Bill Gates appreciated Pakistan Army’s help in enabling the anti-polio campaign through provision of security, monitoring and bridging of capacity gaps. COAS said that it s a national duty and Army played a part in the significant initiatives undertaken by the Government of Pakistan and health care departments of provinces. The healthcare workers who played the most important part in polio drive also acted as the frontline defence against COVID-19, COAS said. Gen Bajwa said that despite COVID-19, Pakistan Army in support of govt’s efforts has already made preparations to restart anti polio campaign in coming weeks. Both discussed the challenges in face of current and future pandemic threats and efforts to enhance the resilience of population through education, flexible healthcare management and use of technology. COAS thanked Bill Gates for his foundation’s efforts towards the noble cause and said that every initiative aimed at betterment of Pakistan and its people will be fully supported and appreciated.