Eradicating diseases: Bill Gates offers help to Nawaz-led govt

Published: June 11, 2013
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Bill Gates. PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE

Bill Gates. PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE

ISLAMABAD: Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates on Tuesday offered support to the new government of Pakistan in the health sector, aiming to extend financial and technical assistance.

Special Representative of Bill Gates and Melinda Foundation for Afghanistan and Pakistan Dr Waqar Ajmal called on Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif today and delivered a letter from Gates, congratulating Nawaz on his election as prime minister.

Gates expressed confidence that the new government in Pakistan would focus on the immunisation and eradication of fatal diseases including polio.

Prime Minister Nawaz welcomed the offer and reiterated the government’s resolve to eradicate diseases.

Earlier, Gates had contacted Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan, seeking his assistance in eradicating polio from Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.

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  • Zubair
    Jun 11, 2013 - 4:08PM

    The government has to improve the cold chain system at grass root level, stipend and conveyance for vaccine administrators, security and engagment of local influencials particularly the religious clerics for eradicating polio.

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  • Zubair
    Jun 11, 2013 - 4:14PM

    The government can also offer stipend to the couple who bring their children for vaccination at designated places. The allocation of money for polio affected FATA and KP would surely be not more than the funds of Benazir income support programme and will hopefully bear much needed, good and quick results.

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  • Haris Chaudhry
    Jun 11, 2013 - 4:17PM

    OK- Finally Gates belatedly realises that funds going to KP gov is basically going to the clergy partners in KP !

    Having said that I think the Pakistani nation should be very thankful to the billionaire American whose Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation spends more per annum in charity than all Muslim nations combined !

    Key to note is that his philanthropy efforts are not directed to any specific demography and most of it goes to the muslim nations in Africa to eradicate diseases and for capacity building.

    Only if our people stopped thinking of charity as a tool to gather ‘sawab’ and channelled to Muslims only rather than to help the humanity at-large irrespective of wherever it exists !

    People like Bill Gates and Warren Buffet are the true heroes of our time ! Nations that produce them (USA) deserve to be congratulated.

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  • Shaami
    Jun 11, 2013 - 4:20PM

    We love the Aid from West …keep rolling the money and Ghairatmand and Self Righteous Pakistanis will remain happy.

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  • Pakistani
    Jun 11, 2013 - 4:25PM

    great gesture from bill gates. wonder if steve jobs had ever done any charity?

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  • Charlie Chapatti
    Jun 11, 2013 - 4:44PM

    Dear Mr Gates, the biggest disease Pakistan suffers from is greed and corruption and I’m unaware of any vaccine that can cure it.

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  • Mohammad
    Jun 11, 2013 - 5:40PM

    I see…. some portion of price I paid for Windows 8 is going towards Pakistan. Good!

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  • Ali
    Jun 11, 2013 - 5:49PM

    It is great news–we hope that this will not turn into SEHAT MAND PANJAB. we have to learn lessons from such philanthropists and reflect on our attitude and behavior they are pouring their money to help us and we are not even able to ensure safety of our workers. when it come to charity we Muslims give it but disorganized way not to deserving people. Our clerks and religious political leaders should follow Bill Gate and Melinda and contribute to well-being of the community.

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  • Jun 11, 2013 - 6:36PM

    It is good gesture by Bill Gates and his charity organization Bill Gates and Melinda Foundation to extend financial and technical assistance focusing on the immunisation and eradication of fatal diseases like polio.

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  • Jun 11, 2013 - 6:52PM

    Good will gesture,Bill gate is great..

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  • Jun 11, 2013 - 8:25PM

    Pakistan and Pakistanis have to step up first to fix its house in order. Many others like Bill Gates will be attracted automatically. End corruption, get stolen wealth back, bring police reform and above all Education for EVERY single child. Then see Miracles start coming to Pakistan.

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  • Muslim Leaguer
    Jun 11, 2013 - 10:59PM

    Most of the world leaders trust PMLN Government and rightly so!

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  • BLing BLing
    Jun 12, 2013 - 12:30AM

    When I read the headline, I knew it had to do with polio. If the locals want to be crippled, why force polio drops on them? Let them be!

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  • Moosa Khan
    Jun 12, 2013 - 7:06AM

    Thanks Billy. Don’t send cash just the vaccine or you will make the richest more richest.

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  • saba
    Jun 12, 2013 - 4:07PM

    @Muslim Leaguer: LOL yeah exactly it’s because he’s the trusted leader who got his “voters” beat up for protesting against loadshedding. A dictator wouldn’t even do that. Good job, this is exactly what our country deserves. :)

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