Anti polio programme: Bill gates reaches out to Imran Khan for support

Imran Khan is scheduled to speak to him on the phone to discuss the situation.


Zahid Gishkori June 07, 2013
A major focus of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is eradicating polio in Pakistan, Nigeria and Afghanistan. PHOTO: FILE

ISLAMABAD: Famous American business magnate Bill Gates has sought Imran Khan’s cooperation to eradicate polio in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, as the province apparently failed to provide security to polio workers.

Gates sent a personal letter through his emissary to chairman Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PT) Imran Khan asking for his party's cooperation in furthering the anti polio vaccination programme in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, said an official statement.

Imran Khan is scheduled to speak to him on the phone to discuss modalities of moving against polio which takes the lives of so many children in Pakistan especially in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Bill Gates commitment to polio eradication has resulted in his support for a massive anti polio programme in Pakistan.

Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria are the only countries where polio is endemic. Polio cases in Pakistan hit 198 in 2011, the highest figure for more than a decade and the most of any country in the world, according to the UN.

Last year the Taliban banned polio vaccinations in the Waziristan region, alleging the campaign was a cover for espionage.

COMMENTS (40)

nishant | 7 years ago | Reply

mr gates thank u for your help in eradicating polio in india,,we will be always thankful..wish all country will be free from it...

Steve Monet Dallas Texas | 7 years ago | Reply

@Rex Minor, how can you compare Gates to Mother Theresa? Gates is paying his legal share and why should you as a Pakistani care what we are paying? Your Muslim brothers the Arab nations can and should pay for the polio and other health care for the poor of Pakistan. You have been reading tabloid stories of Buffet he has always made it public is that his money is his to dispense and does not care what you think about it. The fact lies is that there are many rich people in Pakistan and yet it takes an American to come to your rescue in matter like this?

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