The co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Bill Gates, the chairman of Dangote Foundation, Alhaji Aliko Dangote and the Executive Director of the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency, Dr Faisal Shuaib, have commended Governor Mai Mala Buni of Yobe State for the steady and “commendable progress” that the state has made in routine immunization and primary healthcare over the past year.

They commended the governor during a teleconference end-of-year review meeting they had with him yesterday on the tripartite Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on strengthening routine immunization in Yobe State.

Represented by the President of the Global Development Division of the Foundation, Mr Chris Elias, Co-Chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Mr Bill Gates, said it was impressive that Yobe scored 94 percent among the six MoU implementing states.

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“I commend you for implementing four of the seven highlight commitments of the Seattle Declaration and the progress made so far in primary healthcare implementation.

Yobe state is the second highest state at 94 percent…I am glad to see that Yobe state is leading the charge in effort to improve primary healthcare service in Nigeria”, he said.

Dangote also commended Yobe State for the progress recorded in routine immunization.

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“It is encouraging to note the effort of the state and the traditional institutions in collaborating for routine immunization service coverage and the latest institution of the Wakilin Lafiya initiative which is aimed at further driving demand for primary healthcare services.

“I am particularly excited to see the state taking all necessary step to close the gap between demand and supply for routine immunization and broader primary healthcare service.

W also applaud the state for the establishment of data control room and continued commitment in state intervention to further improve data quality and employ the use of data to guide health plans and programme investments”, he said.

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Dr Faisal Shuaib of the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency, the Minister of Health Dr Osagie Ehanire and the UNICEF Country Representative Mr Peter Hawkins also commended Buni for his support to routine immunization and primary healthcare.

All the key meeting participants made suggestions on how the state could improve data collection and management and how it could make more progress in immunization and achieving the polio-free certification that the nation is working to achieve.

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