Imran Khan, Pakistan’s prime minister, tweeted on Thursday about his meeting with Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates on the country’s ongoing polio eradication program. Khan spoke with Bill Gates, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s Co-Chair, over the phone. According to a statement from the prime minister’s office, the two discussed the ongoing anti-polio effort as well as public health issues posed by the COVID-19 outbreak.
“Despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19 crisis, the prime minister reaffirmed that polio eradication remained a top national priority for the government, and that sincere efforts were continuing to further intensify the anti-polio campaign across the country in order to achieve a polio-free Pakistan, “According to the statement.
“I spoke with Bill Gates last night and thanked him for the assistance his Foundation offered in the fight against polio in Pakistan. We had 56 recorded cases this time last year, but only one so far this year. InshaAllah, we will entirely eradicate polio this year (sic) “Khan sent out a tweet.
In another tweet, PM ImranKhan informed that he asked Bill Gates to set up a Microsoft incubation lab in Pakistan.
While many internet users praised Khan for his efforts to make Pakistan polio-free, others questioned whether Gates truly had a say in Microsoft.
According to a report in The Wall Street Journal, Microsoft Corp. board members decided in 2020 that it wasn’t acceptable for co-founder Bill Gates to continue serving on the board as they probed the billionaire’s previous inappropriate romantic involvement with a female Microsoft employee. The Wall Street Journal said, citing anonymous sources, that board members investigating the subject hired a legal firm to begin an investigation in late 2019 after a Microsoft engineer claimed in a letter that she had a sexual relationship with Gates for several years. According to the Journal, Gates quit before the board’s inquiry was completed.
Could Bill Gates, now that he is no longer on the Microsoft board of directors, grant Pak Prime Minister Khan’s wish?
Meanwhile, Khan praised the co-founder of Microsoft Corporation for the job his charity foundation has done, particularly in polio campaigns, universal health care, and the fight against infectious illnesses.
While progress is encouraging, Gates believes that keeping the momentum going will help stop the coronavirus from spreading altogether.