After Bill Gates letter, German envoy wants to see ‘Pakistan’s silicon valley’

After Bill Gates letter, German envoy wants to see ‘Pakistan’s silicon valley’

Pakistani officials say the country is on track to eradicate polio in 2019 despite Taliban attacks and superstition that has spurred many parents in the region bordering Afghanistan to refuse to vaccinate their children against the crippling disease.

During the 30-minute conversation, the two also discussed how technology can be used to increase the effectiveness of polio eradication, said Atta.

The foundation has been supporting Pakistan's polio eradication programme for years.

He said this in his meeting with Director General WHO Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus in Islamabad on Tuesday.

The letter has sought approval from PM Khan for this objective.

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He said he was "glad to see" political will to address health-related issues, pointing to Mr Khan's visits to hospitals in the capital as well as the government's decision to double the health budget - now 0.9pc of the GDP - this year and increasing it to 5pc in five years. He said Pakistan attaches importance to WHO and appreciates the role of WHO in health care system of the country.

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

"@WHO & @gatesfoundation together with the people of pak can #EndPolio".

World Health Organization has considerably increased level of support in Pakistan, mainly due to intensified activities of the polio eradication initiatives, Adhanom said.

During the meeting, Imran Khan reiterated his commitment to move forward sustainable development agenda. Gates appreciated PM Khan's anti-polio efforts.

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