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Pakistan likely to be polio-free by end of 2019 says WHO director general. FILE

Pakistan likely to be polio-free by end of 2019 says WHO director general. FILE

Bill Gates expressed that in a letter to Prime Minister of Pakistan, Imran Khan.

The president Dr Christopher Elias, president of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, delivered the letter to the PM Khan, the TV report added.

The letter also stated that Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is interested in investing in the health sector of Pakistan to meet the foundations' personal goals. "Discussions [were] held on steps being taken for polio eradication in Pakistan", spokesperson for the Foreign Office Dr Muhammad Faisal said in a tweet.

The prime minister said that Pakistan attached importance to WHO and appreciated its role in health care system. "Polio vaccination activities are well-organised in close collaboration with the provinces and these are directly overseen by the national, provincial and divisional task forces", he said. He expressed his government's commitment for eradication of polio from the country. Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus congratulated the prime minister on his victory in the recent general elections.

Dr Tedros briefed the prime minister about a polio donors' conference in Islamabad.

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Addressing a press conference at the World Health Organization head office on his last day in the country, Dr Ghebreyesus said: "Pakistan also needs to stop transmission of virus of crippling disease from Afghanistan".

During his visit, he met with President Dr Arif Alvi, Prime Minister Imran Khan, National Health Services (NHS) Minister Aamer Mehmood Kayani, Foreign Affairs Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Finance Minister Asad Umar, Planning, Development and Reforms Minister Makhdum Khusro Bakhtyar and Human Rights Minister Dr Shireen Mazari.

As a result of enhancement efforts, polio from Pakistan would likely be eliminated by end of 2019.

In 2018, Pakistan reported only eight new polio cases, compared to 306 in 2014. He assured the delegation of full support in polio eradication and implementation of other health programmes in Pakistan in the days to come.

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