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Bill Gates appreciates Pakistan’s ‘success’ in curbing COVID-19: DG ISPR

Gates in his phone call conveyed his appreciation for the Pakistan Army for supporting the national polio drive and ensuring proper reach and coverage.


Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa spoke to Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, on Saturday.

The details of the telephonic conversation were shared by DG ISPR on the microblogging site, in a series of tweets.

The two also discussed the efforts needed to effectively conduct the polio campaign amidst the COVID-19 epidemic.

“General Qamar Javed Bajwa, #COAS & @BillGates, Co-Chair of The Bill & Melinda @gatesfoundation spoke on the telephone about Pakistan’s COVID-19 response and resumption of polio campaign. Mr. Gates conveyed appreciation 4 Pakistan Army for supporting national #polio drive, ensuring proper reach and coverage”, stated DG ISPR.

“#COAS said it was a national cause and national effort for a polio-free Pakistan. Credit goes to grassroots workers including mobile teams, Law Enforcement Agencies, and healthcare representatives Both also discussed the safe start and efforts needed to effectively conduct a polio campaign under the COVID environment”, he added

Furthermore, “Mr. Gates also appreciated Pakistan’s success against #COVID-19 despite resource constraints. COAS attributed the success to a true national response executed through the mechanism of #NCOC which allowed optimisation of resources. Mr. Gates reiterated The @gatesfoundation ongoing commitment ‘to fight pandemics’ around the world & to support #Pakistan in its goals of ending polio and improving health for every child”.


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Saman Siddiqui, A freelance journalist with a Master’s Degree in Mass Communication and MS in Peace and Conflict Studies. Associated with the media industry since 2006. Experience in various capacities including Program Host, Researcher, News Producer, Documentary Making, Voice Over, Content Writing Copy Editing, and Blogging, and currently associated with OyeYeah since 2018, working as an Editor.

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