Bill Gates and COAS Bajwa Talk About Pakistan’s Polio Eradication Campaign

Inter-Services Public Relations reported that Bill Gates and Co-Chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) General Qamar Javed Bajwa spoke on the phone and discussed the health situation, particularly the complete eradication of polio from Pakistan (ISPR).

Bill Gates praised the Pakistani army’s efforts to eradicate polio throughout the nation during their phone call, according to the military’s media wing.

Bill Gates also praised the Pakistani army’s contribution to the anti-polio campaign through community leaders, according to the statement.

According to ISPR, COAS General Qamar Javed Bajwa thanked Bill Gates and his foundation for their efforts to eradicate polio from the nation and promised them full cooperation in making Pakistan a polio-free state.

After gathering environmental samples from several areas, the federal health officials previously confirmed the poliovirus’s existence in seven places.

Four cities in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa had poliovirus detections, according to health officials. Testing involved gathering sewage samples from Peshawar, Bannu, Nowshera, and Swat.

Sewage samples from Islamabad and Rawalpindi have also contained polio.

The disclosure follows Pakistan’s confirmation that 13 cases of polio were found in North Waziristan and one in Laki Marwat in 2022.