Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation lauds Pakistan army’s support for polio eradication in Pakistan

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RAWALPINDI, Pakistan: The Chair of the Polio Oversight Board of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative and the President Global Development Programme at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) Mr. Christopher Elias held a meeting with the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa in Rawalpindi on Thursday.

During the meeting, matters related to Pakistan’s commitment for comprehensive Polio eradication were discussed.

The COAS acknowledged the services rendered by the Polio Health Workers for polio eradication in Pakistan and said that it was a national cause and a national effort.

Mr. Christopher Elias conveyed the foundation’s appreciation for the Pakistan army for supporting the national polio drive and ensuring proper reach and coverage of polio campaigns this year, particularly through the involvement of community leaders and influencers.

Moreover, he also appreciated Pakistan’s successful COVID-19 pandemic campaign and the Pakistan army’s tremendous contribution to bring it within a manageable level.

The COAS appreciated the untiring efforts of the foundation towards the noble cause of polio eradication at the global level and assured of Pakistan army’s continued support.

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