Shehbaz Sharif, Bill Gates discuss eradicating polio, strengthening health system in Pakistan

10:10 PM | 24 Jun, 2024
Shehbaz Sharif, Bill Gates discuss eradicating polio, strengthening health system in Pakistan
Source: PID

Prime Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif and Bill Gates, Chair of the Gates Foundation, agreed on Monday to collaborate further in eradicating polio, strengthening health systems across Pakistan, and ensuring prosperity for all Pakistanis, particularly women and girls.

During their meeting at the PM House, the prime minister reaffirmed his government's strong commitment to eliminating polio, emphasizing that it remains a top priority. He assured that all state resources would be utilized to ensure the safety of polio workers.

"I will personally oversee national efforts until this crippling disease is completely eradicated from our country," he stated.

Bill Gates visited Pakistan at the invitation of the prime minister, which was extended during their meeting in Riyadh on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum.

Welcoming Mr. Gates to Pakistan, the prime minister provided an update on the government's efforts to achieve economic stability, advancements in digital financial services, increased health coverage, climate change adaptation, and the drive to eradicate polio.

The prime minister expressed deep appreciation for the Gates Foundation’s valuable support in the government's initiatives to digitize the economy. He noted that a digitized ecosystem within the entire government structure would enhance revenues, improve governance, and allow for increased spending on public welfare schemes.

PM Shehbaz highlighted that both the Government of Pakistan and the Gates Foundation share many goals, including closing the gender gap, increasing health coverage, improving food security, climate change adaptation, and financial inclusion. He updated Bill Gates on key progress metrics and the challenges faced in these areas.

Thanking the Gates Foundation for being the largest donor to the polio eradication program, the prime minister outlined a robust strategy to counter the threat of increased wild poliovirus infections and the necessary actions to completely eliminate the disease in Pakistan.

Bill Gates expressed gratitude for the prime minister's continued dedication and personal interest in eradicating wild polio from the country. He expressed confidence that with a sustained vaccination campaign and the government’s firm commitment, the polio eradication drive would soon get back on track, especially after the recent surge in environmental detections.

Bill Gates also emphasized the importance of Pakistan’s use of data science tools and digital technology in improving the lives of Pakistanis across the country.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk


US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, Riyal Rate in Pakistan Today Open Market Rates - 15 July 2024

Pakistani rupee rates against US Dollar and other currencies on July 15, 2024 (Monday) in open market.

USD to PKR Rate Today

US dollar was being quoted at 279.8 for buying and 280.75 for selling. Euro's buying rate moves up to 301.25 and selling rate is 303.15.

British Pound rate is 355.15 for buying, and 358.65 for selling. UAE Dirham AED was at 76.5 and Saudi Riyal lowered to 73.65.

Currency Rates Today

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 08:00 AM)       
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.8 280.75
Euro EUR 301.25 303.15
UK Pound Sterling GBP 355.15 358.65
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.5 77.25
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.65 74.37
Australian Dollar AUD 184.55 186.35
Bahrain Dinar BHD 741 749
Canadian Dollar CAD 203.75 205.75
China Yuan CNY 38.35 38.75
Danish Krone DKK 40.05 40.45
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.7 36.05
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.43
Japanese Yen JPY 1.91 1.99
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 908.25 917.35
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.95 59.75
New Zealand Dollar NZD 169.24 171.24
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.04 26.34
Omani Riyal OMR 722.87 730.89
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.39 77.09
Singapore Dollar SGD 202 204
Swedish Korona SEK 26.5 26.8
Swiss Franc CHF 309.15 311.65
Thai Bhat THB 7.5 7.65


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