Bill Gates worries over outbreak of measles in Kano … As Ganduje assures of eradication
World most richest of the era, Mr. Bill Gates, has expressed concern over reports of outbreak of measles in Kano state in recent times, saying the government must take firm steps to check the trend.
Bill Gates, who spoke from his office in the U.S., in a video conference, described the provision of about 484 cold chain facilities in Kano as a big step in the vision to make Nigeria Polio-free. He assured that Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation would maintain its contribution to the tripartite agreement on Polio eradication.
Earlier, Governor Ganduje assured that dwindling income, occasioned by fall in global price of oil, will not affect Kano state government’s commitment to eradicate Polio in the state. “We revitalized our Internal Revenue agency to avoid over-dependence on Federal allocation, and ultimately to ensure sustainability of our Polio eradication efforts,” the governor asserted, in a statement issued weekend by his media aide, Salihu Tanko Yakassai.
Speaking during the 2016 Mid-Year Review of routine immunization in the state, in a video conference with the President of Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Mr. Bill Gates, and the President of the Dangote Group, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, respectively, Governor Ganduje promised to continue to provide ‘political leadership’ in the programme management as well as in social mobilization … “to ensure that data collection and other aspects of the anti-polio campaigns are not compromised,” the governor said, and assured that he would be personally involved in ensuring accurate data collection in subsequent rounds of immunization in the state.
He reaffirmed his administration’s resolve to ensure total eradication of polio in Nigeria through prompt release of funds and efficient tracking of routine immunization.
Ganduje further stated that he was impressed by the commitment of the state Emirate Council to eradicate polio, and commended development partners for their untiring support to rid Nigeria of Polio.
On his part, Alhaji Aliko Dangote promised that his organization would release its counterpart funds for this year’s Memorandum Of Understanding (MOU), to facilitate smooth execution of the programme. He congratulated Kano state government for a job-well-done in immunization efforts, and commended Kano Emirate Council for its determination to guarantee the wellbeing of the citizenry.
A three-year Memorandum Of Understanding was signed in 2012 between the three partners – Kano State government, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in conjunction with Dangote Foundation, in an effort to curb Polio virus in Nigeria.
The MOU is expected to end this year, and the state government is to take full ownership, contributing 100% to the Basket Fund to ensure sustainability. It was duly observed that Kano is the only state that got extension of one year because of the milestones it recorded on the programme in Nigeria.