Prime Minister (PM) Imran Khan has on Thursday (today) held a telephonic conversation with Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and discussed the ongoing campaign to eradicate polio.
During the call, PM Imran Khan thanked the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for its partnership in eradicating polio.
In this regard, the premier said that eradication of polio is the top priority of the government and despite the challenge of the deadly COVID-19 pandemic, the nationwide campaign for eradication of polio has intensified.
PM Imran told Bill Gates that our goal is to make Pakistan polio-free, adding, the polio eradication campaign was launched in Pakistan from June 7 to 11 this month in which 33 million children under the age of five have been vaccinated against polio.
However, the Microsoft founder praised Prime Minister Imran Khan’s leadership on this important national issue and said that commendable steps should continue to be taken to eradicate polio.
He said while progress is encouraging, keeping up pressure will be the key to ending transmission for good.
On the other hand, PM Imran also discussed the steps taken by Pakistan to tackle the novel Coronavirus during the phone call and appreciated the role of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in providing global healthcare.
The Prime Minister also briefed Bill Gates on the steps taken by the government to deal with the third wave of COVID-19.
Earlier, World’s third-richest man Bill Gates and wife Melinda had parted ways after 27 years of their marriage. They both have three daughters together.
Bill Gates, the founder of Microsoft and his wife, however, had decided to continue working together despite calling it quits after 27 years.
An official tweet by the billionaire announced the couple’s divorce which had stated: “After a great deal of thought and a lot of work on our relationship, we have made the decision to end our marriage.”
“We no longer believe we can grow as a couple in this next phase of our lives,” he had added in the statement.
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