Bill Gates, Dan­gote foun­da­tions laud Yobe on child-killer dis­eases

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Kabir Hamisu Matazu, Da­maturu

Stake­hold­ers, in­clud­ing Co-Chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Mr. Bill Gates and Chair­man of Dan­gote Foundation Al­haji Aliko Dan­gote, have com­mended the Yobe State Gov­ern­ment on progress made in the fight against po­lio and other child killer dis­eases.

This came at the maiden midyear re­view meet­ing of the progress be­ing made in strength­en­ing Rou­tine Im­mu­niza­tion in Yobe State fol­low­ing the Mem­o­ran­dum of Un­der­stand­ing (MoU) signed in Jan­uary 2016 be­tween the Yobe State Gov­ern­ment and the Bill & Melinda Gates and Dan­gote Foun­da­tions. The meet­ing took place yes­ter­day in Da­maturu.

The meet­ing, which was joined through live video feed by Mr. Gates from Seat­tle in the United States and Mr. Dan­gote from Mi­ami also in the US, ob­served that 15 of Yobe’s 17 lo­cal gov­ern­ment ar­eas were sig­nif­i­cantly cov­ered dur­ing the pe­riod un­der re­view and urged that the two re­main­ing lo­cal gov­ern­ments of Gu­jba and Gu­lani which could not be reached at the height of the Boko Haram in­sur­gency be reached now that se­cu­rity has been re­stored in the two lo­cal gov­ern­ment ar­eas.

Gov­er­nor the meet­ing Ibrahim Gaidam that the Yobe told State Gov­ern­ment is com­mit­ted to the part­ner­ship with Bill & Melinda Gates and Dan­gote Foun­da­tions to end­ing po­lio and coun­ter­ing all the nine child killer dis­eases in the state­and pledged to con­tinue to do ev­ery­thing nec­es­sary to sup­port and retro­fit the state’s health sys­tem.

He said the state will widen the scope of on­go­ing sup­port for the Rou­tine Im­mu­niza­tion Pro­gramme to en­sure ro­bust data qual­ity man­age­ment and will con­tinue to mon­i­tor the phased im­ple­men­ta­tion of the com­mu­nity en­gage­ment strat­egy us­ing tra­di­tional struc­tures.

Mr. Bill Gates and Al­haji Aliko Dan­gote as well as the UNICEF Coun­try Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Ms Jean Gough also com­mended the Yobe State Gov­ern­ment for the progress made de­spite the se­cu­rity and fis­cal chal­lenges that Yobe faced and urged the state gov­ern­ment to sus­tain the tempo to meet the 2017 tar­get of coun­ter­ing all the nine child killer dis­eases not just in Yobe State but in the coun­try as a whole.

Al­haji Aliko Dan­gote par­tic­u­larly pledged to sup­port the Yobe State Gov­ern­ment in re­build­ing and restor­ing all the health­care in­fra­struc­ture that have been de­stroyed in Gu­jba and Gu­lani Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment ar­eas when they fell un­der the con­trol of Boko Haram in­sur­gents be­fore they were lib­er­ated by the Nige­rian army.

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