ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: Prime Minister Imran Khan has spoken for Co-chairman of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Bill Gates to discuss the latest developments around the COVID-19 response.
During the talks, the prime minister expressed his appreciation for the support given by the Gates Foundation and other international partners during this unprecedented crisis and stressed the seriousness of the ongoing situation.
The prime minister said that Pakistan made every effort to combat the COVID-19 pandemic with a strong and coordinated response.
Imran Khan stressed that Pakistan faces a double challenge to overcome the pandemic and save people, especially the most vulnerable segments of the population, from hunger because it is locked.
The prime minister underlined that the government has put together a US $ 8 billion package to support affected communities and businesses.
The prime minister said that the steps taken by the government had helped control the spread of Coronavirus in Pakistan. The Prime Minister’s call for “Global Initiative on the Elimination of Debt” for developing countries is in the same context.
Bill Gates mentioned how COVID-19 is a threat throughout the world. He praised Pakistan’s efforts in protecting the lives and livelihoods of vulnerable populations.
Prime Minister Imran Khan and Bill Gates also discussed their shared priorities for the eradication of polio.
They discussed the important role played by Pakistan’s polio staff and infrastructure in the fight against COVID-19.
The polio team supports training of frontline polio health workers on COVID-19, and uses contact tracking, testing and communication methods to curb transmission.
In the context of the Pandemic, they also discussed, that routine immunization programs for children especially polio vaccination cannot be ignored, as well as, the need for capacity building of the National Institute of Health (NIH).
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