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ISLAMABAD: Microsoft founder Bill Gates has written a letter to Prime Minister Imran Khan and said the global tech giant could explore investment opportunities in Pakistan.
The letter was presented to Pakistan premier during his meeting with President of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s Global Development Division Dr Christopher Elias, along with Director General World Health Organization (WHO) Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreye.
During the meeting, Khan said his government is continuing to tackle polio eradication as a national public health emergency.
He said the polio vaccination activities were well organised in close collaboration with provinces and were directly overseen by the national, provincial and divisional task forces.
Khan expressed commitment of his government for complete eradication of polio from the country. He expressed the hope that WHO would continue as a reliable partner in government efforts to improve health facilities in Pakistan.
Dr Tedros Adhanom congratulated the prime minister on his victory in the general election. He said that WHO had increased its focus on public health, country-level impacts and bringing improvements in people’s access to health-related knowledge and information. He also informed the prime minister about WHO’s ongoing programmes in Pakistan.
WHO has considerably increased level of support in Pakistan, mainly due to intensified activities of the polio eradication initiatives, Adhanom said.
The prime minister said that Pakistan attached importance to WHO and appreciated its role in health care system.
“The government is determined to implement a transformative social and economic agenda for a ‘New Pakistan’,” the prime minister said.
He reiterated his commitment to move forward sustainable development agenda.