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PM Shehbaz and Bill Gates agreed to continue working together on shared objectives

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Prime Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif had a telephone conversation with the Co-Chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), Bill Gates, today (Tuesday).
They discussed the ongoing public health and social sector programmes supported by BMGF in Pakistan.
The Prime Minister appreciated the valuable support extended by the BMGF to Pakistan in polio eradication and improving immunization, nutrition and financial inclusion in the country.
He also reaffirmed Pakistan’s desire to strengthen further the fruitful partnership with the Foundation in all the ongoing areas of cooperation.
The Prime Minister stressed that his Government remained committed to ending all forms of Polio in the country. While expressing concern about over-reporting new cases in 2022 after one year without any Polio cases, he noted that there had been a pause since September this year.
In light of the recent flooding, which has adversely affected the ongoing polio vaccination efforts due to large-scale displacements and destruction of healthcare infrastructure, the Prime Minister reaffirmed that the Government is actively implementing the particular emergency response plan and will continue to adapt and find ways to reach out to children in these challenging times.
Bill Gates deeply regretted the loss of lives in the recent flooding in Pakistan. He also acknowledged Pakistan’s efforts to eradicate Polio and reiterated his Foundation’s continued support to Pakistan for ensuring that no child is at risk of paralysis due to poliovirus.
Various other government-led programmes supported by the BMGF to address malnutrition and stunting, essential immunization services, micropayment gateway RAAST, and digitization of the National Savings Programme were also discussed.
The Prime Minister and Bill Gates agreed to continue working on the shared objectives in cooperation.

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