PM Imran Khan discusses COVID-19, polio situation with Bill Gates

Prime Minister Imran Khan in a telephonic conversation on Wednesday, discussed COVID-19, polio situation in Pakistan with Bill Gates.

The premier discussed COVID-19 coronavirus situation in Pakistan with philanthropist Bill Gates – Microsoft founder and Co-chairman of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

According to the statement issued by the prime minister office, PM Imran Khan expressed his confidence in Pakistan’s ability to apply lessons from its COVID-19 response to eradicate Polio.

Meanwhile Bill Gates lauded Pakistan’s policies to tackle coronavirus outbreak in the country.

“Mr. Gates acknowledged Pakistan’s efforts to combat the pandemic while protecting the lives and livelihoods of vulnerable populations,” the statement said.

The two agreed to further enhance and improve polio vaccination campaigns in rural and remote areas.

PM Imran Khan and Bill Gates also mulled over along withsuch as National Command and Operations Center (NCOC) to assist polio eradication initiatives in the country.

It is to be noted that government of Pakistan under its ‘Pakistan Polio Eradication Programme’ will launch a polio vaccination drive from August 13th  with a target to inoculate 34 million children in 130 districts across the country.

The inoculation drive scheduled to start from August 13  and August 15 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, (KP) Punjab and Sindh respectively will focus on children under the age of five, whereas it will be launched in Balochistan and Azad Kashmir from August 17.