COAS, Gates exchanges views on Pak’s COVID-19 & Polio response

Web DeskWeb Editor

15th Aug, 2020. 10:11 am

Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa and American Business Magnate, Co-Chairman of The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Bill Gates exchanged views about Pakistan’s Coronavirus COVID-19 response and resumption of polio campaign.

Director-General Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Major General Babar Iftikhar informed on twitter that COAS General Qamar Javed Bajwa and Bill Gates, on phone spoke about Pakistan’s COVID-19 response and resumption of polio campaign.

DG ISPR said Mr. Gates conveyed appreciation for Pakistan Army for supporting national polio drive, ensuring proper reach and coverage.

Speaking on the moment, COAS General Qamar Javed Bajwa said it was a national cause and national effort for a polio-free Pakistan.

“Credit goes to grassroots workers including mobile teams, Law Enforcement Agencies, and healthcare representatives.”

DG ISPR continued that both also discussed the safe start and efforts needed to effectively conduct a polio campaign under the COVID environment.

According to Major General Babar Iftikhar, Mr. Gates also appreciated Pakistan’s success against COVID-19 despite resource constraints.

However, COAS attributed the success to a truly national response that executed through the mechanism of National Command and Operation Center (NCOC) which allowed optimization of resources.

Mr. Gates reiterated The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s ongoing commitment ‘to fight pandemics’ around the world & to support Pakistan in its goals of ending polio and improving health for every child.

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