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INP
June 11, 2021

Polio eradication a national cause: COAS

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INP
June 11, 2021

RAWALPINDI: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa and Bill Gates, Co-Chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), had a telephonic conversation Thursday.

According to an Inter Services Public Relations media release, matters related to Pakistan’s commitment to comprehensive polio eradication and COVID-19 were discussed. The COAS said that it was a national cause and national effort. He said that we will only call it a success when no child is affected by polio anymore in Pakistan.

Credit goes to the grassroot workers including mobile polio teams, Law Enforcement Agencies and health representatives.

Gates conveyed his special 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.

The COAS appreciated the untiring efforts of Bill Gates and his foundation towards the noble cause of polio eradication at a global level and assured him of continued support.