Caretaker Prime Minister Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar and Bill Gates. — X/Reuters/File


Caretaker premier briefs Bill Gates on polio vaccination drive currently in progress in Pakistan

Caretaker Prime Minister Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar and Bill Gates. — X/Reuters/File

ABU DHABI: Caretaker Prime Minister Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar on Tuesday reaffirmed Pakistan’s unwavering commitment to eradicate the polio virus from the country while appreciating Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s (BMGF) support for the government’s efforts to secure polio-free Pakistan.

The caretaker prime minister received a telephone call from Bill Gates, co-chair of the foundation, this evening to discuss progress in the ongoing efforts to rid the country of this debilitating disease.

During the telephone call, the prime minister and Gates followed up on their discussion in New York when they met on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly session in September.

In this regard, the caretaker prime minister briefed Gates on the polio vaccination drive currently in progress across Pakistan.

PM Kakar assured Gates that the government of Pakistan was fully committed to delivering on the promise of a healthier, safer, and financially inclusive Pakistan and counted on reliable partners such as BMGF in this endeavor.

The issues of malnutrition and maternal health also came under discussion. The premier expressed satisfaction at the excellent cooperation between the government and BMGF.

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