COAS, Bill Gates discuss Pakistan's COVID-19 response, polio campaign resumption

COAS, Bill Gates discuss Pakistan's COVID-19 response, polio campaign resumption

Rawalpindi (Web Desk): Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa and Co-chair of the Bill and Melinda foundation Bill Gates discussed Pakistan's Covid-19 response and resumption of Polio eradication campaign.


According to Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), Bill Gates conveyed appreciation for Pakistan Army for supporting national polio drive, ensuring proper reach and coverage.

The army chief attributed the success in fight against Covid-19 to a true national response executed through the mechanism of National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC), which allowed optimisation of resources.

About Pakistan's efforts against polio, the COAS said it was a national cause and national effort for a polio free Pakistan.

He said credit goes to grassroots workers including mobile teams, Law Enforcement Agencies and healthcare representatives.

The two also discussed the efforts needed to effectively conduct the polio campaign amidst the COVID-19 epidemic.

Mr Gates also appreciated Pakistan’s success against COVID-19 despite resource constraints.

Bill Gates reiterated The Gates foundation ongoing commitment to fight pandemics around the world and to support Pakistan in its goals of ending polio and improving health for every child.