Islamabad: Bill Gates, the co-founder of Microsoft, has written a letter to the President of Pakistan, Dr Arif Alvi, in which he appreciated Pakistan’s efforts in the fight against the poliovirus.
In the letter written to President Dr Arif Alvi, he lauded Pakistan’s high-level commitment to protecting the health and well-being of every child in the country.
Bill Gates also thanked the President for the warm welcome he received on his first-ever visit to Pakistan and for being awarded the Hilal-e-Pakistan award in recognition of his meritorious services to the people of Pakistan, particularly for the eradication of polio.
“It was an honour to receive the Hilal-e-Pakistan national award,” he wrote in the letter.
Bill Gates, whose foundation, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation fights to eradicate polio worldwide, remarked that Pakistan has made remarkable progress in the fight against wild poliovirus, with no cases for over a year.
The fourth richest man in the world further said he looks forward to a deepening partnership between the government of Pakistan and his foundation to tackle issues of shared interest.