Kaduna, UK, Bill Gates sign MoU on primary healthcare.
Speaking during the signing of the four-year agreement at the Government House in Kaduna, the Kaduna State Government, United Kingdom’s (UK) Department for International Development (DFID) and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) have at the weekend signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) towards strengthening primary health care services delivery in rural communities,
and This new strategic partnership on health and governance, all things being equal, will advance the implementation and transformation of primary health care system in Kaduna State and builds upon ongoing support by BMGF and DFID for polio eradication, routine immunization, family planning as well as maternal and child health services.
Speaking on this, the United Kingdom Minister on International Development, James Wharton, said the United Kingdom is committed to helping Nigeria to address the causes of and eliminate poverty, with assurances that no Nigerian will be left behind, and According to him, “As part of wider multi-sector support at federal and state level, the UK Department for International Development has invested extensively in health care in Nigeria and Kaduna State with a particular focus on primary health care, reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health, immunization, HIV/AIDS, malaria and nutrition
“This Memorandum of Understanding further strengthens the UK’s partnership with the Kaduna State Government and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation under a shared vision to improve health”
In his own remarks, Dr Ayo Ajayi, who is the Africa Director of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation said, “Gaps in primary health care service delivery are a serious challenge for Nigeria as demonstrated in the recent polio transmissions in rural areas of Northern Nigeria.