COAS and Bill Gates, Co-Chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, had a telephonic discussion about Pakistan’s COVID-19 response and resumption of polio campaign on August 15, 2020.
Mr. Gates conveyed appreciation for Pakistan Army for supporting national polio drive, ensuring proper reach and coverage. COAS said it was “a national cause and national effort for a polio free Pakistan and the credit goes to the grassroots workers including mobile teams, law enforcement agencies and healthcare representatives.” Safe start and efforts needed to effectively conduct polio campaign in the COVID environment were also discussed.
Mr. Gates also appreciated Pakistan’s success against COVID-19 despite resource constraints. COAS attributed this success to a true national response, executed through the mechanism of NCOC which allowed optimisation of resources.
Mr. Gates reiterated the Gates Foundation’s ongoing commitment ‘to fight pandemics’ around the world, and to support Pakistan in its goals of ending polio and improving the health of every child.
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