Prime Minister Imran Khan conducted a telephonic conversation with Bill Gates, Co-Chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, on Thursday (today) (BMGF).

‘They shared views on the continuing polio eradication effort in the nation as well as Pakistan’s response to the public health problems emerging from the COVID-19 epidemic,’ according to reports citing the Prime Minister’s Office.

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The premier praised the BMGF foundation’s efforts to improve the socioeconomic status of the world’s poorest people, particularly through encouraging universal access to health care and combatting infectious illnesses. He expressed thanks for the country’s collaboration with Pakistan in the fight against polio.

Despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19 crisis, Khan reiterated during his call with the American business magnate that polio eradication remained a top national priority for the current government and that serious efforts were continuing to further intensify the anti-polio campaign across the country to make Pakistan a polio-free country.

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PM Imran’s leadership for this national cause has been praised by Bill Gates. Maintaining pressure will be crucial to permanently halt transmission, he warned.

During the conversation, the Prime Minister also emphasised Pakistan’s efforts to combat the country’s third wave of Covid-19.

PM urged Microsoft to extend its footprint in Pakistan, citing Pakistan’s potential in the information technology (IT) industry and the government’s business-friendly IT policies.

Prime Minister Imran Khan met with POB leadership and assembled the National Task Force on Polio Eradication during a high-level GPEI (Global Polio Eradication Initiative) Polio Oversight Board (POB) mission visit to Pakistan in early June, according to the statement.