The Bill & Melinda Gates and Dangote foundations have restated their commitments to sustaining the fight against polio in Kano State and other parts of Nigeria.
This is contained in a statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary to Govrrnor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State, Abba Anwar, on Saturday in Kano.
According to the statement, Dangote and Gates reiterated their promises via a video teleconference on a mid-year review meeting on strengthening strategic routine immunisation held at the Government House in Kano.
Mr Anwar added that the two rich men also commended Mr Ganduje for being serious about health care delivery in the state.
They further reiterated commitment towards aiding many more success stories to come out from the state.
The statement also quoted the Executive Secretary of the state’s Primary Health Care Management Board, Tijjani Hussaini, as saying that system strengthening efforts have evolved over the years with the primary aim of improving Primary Health Care (PHC) service delivery.
Mr Hussaini said efforts were expanded from Routine Immunisation to broader health in agencies under the state’s ministry of health.
“By the year 2021, most public health programmes would have been covered by the Kano health system strengthening efforts.
“From January to June 2019, parts of our priority areas included scaling up of fruitful synergy between primary and secondary health facilities,” he said.
He said that their efforts ultimately resulted into rolling out a Phase 1 referral linkage between the two stages of the health facilities.