Bill Gates.commends Army's anti-polio efforts.
Bill Gates. - A file photo

PESHAWAR: Business tycoon and philanthropist Bill Gates on Thursday called Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa and acknowledged supporting efforts by the Pakistan Army for successfully eradicating polio from Pakistan.

General Bajwa appreciated Bill Gates’ efforts towards this noble cause and assured him continued full cooperation in the best interest of Pakistan, Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) said.

Bill Gates through Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has provided extensive support to Pakistan for the polio eradication programme.

Currently, poliovirus is found only in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Nigeria. In 2016, there were fewer than 40 cases reported globally. Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation works to improve the quality of anti-polio immunisation campaigns in Nigeria, Afghanistan and Pakistan, as well as other countries that are at risk of polio importation.

Pakistan is battling polio since last several years and it is close to overcoming the crippling disease completely.