Thursday, 24 January, 2019

Bill Gates hints at investing in Pakistan

Martin Kobler hopes Gates Foundation can join hands with Berlin to make Pakistan free from the polio virus Martin Kobler hopes Gates Foundation can join hands with Berlin to make Pakistan free from the polio virus
Celia Hoffman | 09 January, 2019, 14:56

He was accompanying WHO's Director General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and WHO's Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean Region Dr Ahmed Al-Mandhari. Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus congratulated the prime minister on his victory in the recent general elections. He expressed the hope that WHO would continue as a reliable partner in government efforts to improve health facilities in Pakistan.

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation President Chris Elias called on PM Khan on Tuesday and handed over the letter to him.

The prime minister also thanked Bill Gates Foundation for assistance in the eradication of polio. "Polio vaccination activities are well-organised in close collaboration with the provinces and these are directly overseen by the national, provincial and divisional task forces", he said.

PM Khan had also told Gates that the government is facing some difficulties eradicating polio due to the movement of people between Pakistan and Afghanistan but that his government is working on a new strategy to counter this.

The WHO chief visited Islamabad on Tuesday and met with Prime Minister Imran Khan. "Every child's first 1000 days are very important and policies should focus on them", he said.

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Mr Khan said the government is determined to implement a transformative social and economic agenda for a "new Pakistan" and reiterated his commitment to move forward with thesustainable development agenda.

In December previous year, PM Imran Khan and Bill Gates had a telephonic conversation during which the latter praised Pakistani leader for his efforts for eradication of polio.

As per details, the premier and World Health Organization chief discussed the measures taken to eradicate polio from Pakistan.

During the meeting, Khan said his government is continuing to tackle polio eradication as a national public health emergency.

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