Gen Bajwa, Bill Gates discuss coronavirus, anti-polio drive
Chief of the Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa and Bill Gates – the founder of Microsoft Foundation – had a telephonic contact as they discussed the matters pertaining to fighting the coronavirus and the resumption of anti-polio drive, said the Inter-Services Public Relations Director General in tweets on Saturday.
Appreciating the services and efforts of Pakistan Army in anti-polio drive, Bill Gates said it had ensured a nationwide proper reach and coverage.
General Qamar Javed Bajwa, #COAS & @BillGates, Co-Chair of The Bill & Melinda @gatesfoundation, spoke on telephone about Pakistan’s COVID-19 response and resumption of polio campaign. Mr Gates conveyed appreciation 4 Pakistan Army for supporting (1/4)— DG ISPR (@OfficialDGISPR) August 15, 2020
General Bajwa said it was a national cause and effort for a polio-free Pakistan. “Credit goes to grassroots workers including mobile teams, law enforcement agencies and healthcare representatives,” he added.
They also discussed the safe start and efforts needed to effectively conduct the anti-polio campaign under the coronavirus environment, said DG ISPR Maj-Gen Babar Iftikhar.
About the coronavirus pandemic, Bill Gates also acknowledged Pakistan’s success against Covid-19 despite resource restraint.
The Army Chief attributed the success to a true national response executed through the mechanism of National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) which allowed optimisation of resources.
Meanwhile, Bill Gates also 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 health for every child, the military’s media wing head wrote in his tweets.