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USAID, Bill Gates partner with Bauchi, Sokoto on pry healthcare

USAID Mission Director, Stephen M. Haykin, has joined the Sultan of Sokoto, Minister of Health Isaac Adewole, philanthropists Bill Gates and Aliko Dangote, and the governors of Bauchi and Sokoto states by video teleconference to sign two agreements to expand access to quality, affordable health care in the two states.
The statement was made available on Monday by the US Embassy in Abuja.
Under the four-year addenda to the Improving Routine Immunization and Expansion of Funding for Primary Health Care Memoranda of Understanding, USAID will provide technical assistance to the Bauchi and Sokoto state Primary Health Care Development agencies to help expand access to routine immunizations and primary health care. UNICEF will partner with the Gates and Dangote foundations to match the states’ investments in the sectors.

In return, the Bauchi and Sokoto governments agreed to earmark $1.8 million to invest in routine immunization and primary health care in 2018. Under the agreements, both states will incrementally raise their funding contributions in these sectors to become self-sufficient by 2022.

Haykin praised the agreements as a “new stage” in USAID’s partnerships with Bauchi and Sokoto, which would adapt its health programming to the needs of the states to help extend life-saving treatment to millions across Nigeria.

“I applaud the governors’ efforts to improve public health care service delivery in their states, and strongly encourage them to continue working towards optimizing their state’s capacity to deliver quality, affordable health services to their constituents,” Haykin said.

After the ceremony, Gates told the press “Vaccinations are phenomenal in their impact because a child that has not been vaccinated is twice likely to die. We can prevent millions of deaths through routine immunization.”

Sunday Olatunji
Dele Fashomi, seasoned journalist and communication teacher, is a holder of Master of Arts degree in Communication and Language Arts from the University of Ibadan in 1992/93. Earlier, he had bagged a Bachelor degree from the same university in 1984, after which he proceeded to the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Lagos, in 1990, for a postgraduate diploma in Journalism. He had done many courses in communication, including the EU-BBC Editing Course in 2002. Mr. Fashomi combines effectively the practice, research and teaching of communication. And to date, he has published two academic works in communication: Issues in Communication Technology and Policy (2010) and Economic and Social Issues in Advertising and PR (2013). He had his first break in the Nigerian media in Concord Newspapers in 1990 and today, he has over two and half decades experience earned in several newspapers. He has been part of many start-ups, such as The Republic (1987), The Comet (1999), The Anchor 2001 - 2002; Sun Newspapers (2003); Westerner newsmagazine (2005 - 2010) as Editor; National Life (2011) as Sunday Editor, and Newswatch Newspapers (2012- 2016) as Daily Editor. Dele Fashomi is now the Publisher/Editor-in-Chief of newspaper online, which he started in July 2015. He is also into biography writing, with many books in his trail, some of which he wrote alone and one he co- authored with his mentor, Mr Dare Babarinsa, entitled:  Olabiyi Durojaiye - DARE TO BE DiFFERENT. He also guided and collaborated with Pa Olatunji Odusanya in writing his autobiography - AGAINST ALL ODDS. There are many other books in the works under his pen.