Bill Gates writes to Imran Khan, lauds polio eradication efforts

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ISLAMABAD: Philanthropist and Microsoft billionaire Bill Gates has written to Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan, lauding his efforts for polio eradication in Pakistan and expressing interest in his initiative to use mapping technology as part of the eradication campaign.

“I am encouraged by your personal commitment to eliminate this disease in Pakistan. Your strong leadership comes at a critical time in our global efforts,” he said in the letter.

Earlier this month during a telephonic conversation with Imran Khan, the chairman of the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation  appreciated Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa’s initiatives, particularly those pertaining to Polio eradication.

He congratulated Imran on conducting a successful anti-polio campaign, ‘Sehat Ka Ittehad’ (United for Health), in the province and expressed grief and sorrow over the killing of 131 students in a Taliban attack on an army-run school in Peshawar.

“I am interested in your opinion on the use of mapping technology in Pakistan — a technology which has helped Nigeria get close to eradicate polio. I know there are sensitivities around this type of technology, and I look to your guidance on what is appropriate. I’ve asked Dr Waqar Ajmal to follow up with your team during his current mission,” said the letter.

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