ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has reaffirmed the resolve to completely eradicate polio from the country.

He was addressing a meeting of the National Taskforce for Polio Eradication here in Islamabad on Monday, attended by the Bill Gates and officials of Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

The Prime Minister said the federal and provincial governments are working in unison with unflinching commitment to wipe out this menace forever. He said it is in this spirit that we have undertaken five polio campaigns in the last six months.

Shehbaz Sharif told the meeting that our polio eradication efforts will produce results in weeks and months. He also mentioned other areas of mutual cooperation with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation including digitalization.

The Prime Minister thanked the Foundation for its speedy cooperation in this regard. He said digitalization will bring huge dividends to Pakistan’s economy.

He lauded and acknowledged the contribution of Bill Gates for humanity’s suffering especially in eradication of polio and malnutrition from Pakistan and in areas of mother and child healthcare.

Speaking on the occasion, Bill Gates said the Foundation’s program to end polio from Pakistan will continue for next two and a half to three years to ensure absolute zero polio case in the country.