Caretaker PM Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar says that Govt. and the National Polio Task Force are committed to ensuring the nationwide delivery of polio vaccines, routine immunizations, and essential healthcare services to children.
The prime minister Kakar met Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, to discuss polio eradication, gender equality, nutrition, and financial inclusion, on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly session, PM Office Media Wing said in a press release.
Prime minister Kakar expressed optimism that stopping poliovirus transmission in every area of the country remained possible this year.
Gates reiterated that polio eradication in Pakistan was a top priority, with particular interest in stopping cross-border transmission with Afghanistan and continuing vaccination campaigns in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.
He also expressed his confidence in the National Emergency Operations Centre and the caretaker government to continue ongoing efforts to end poliovirus transmission.
Gates also shared his appreciation for the prime minister’s support in scaling up innovations and proven approaches to nutrition and improving financial inclusion efforts in Pakistan.
Prime minister Kakar and Gates also discussed how improvements across these priorities help improve gender equality efforts, ensuring that women and girls could prioritize their health, finances, and futures, and be leaders in their societies.