This Day (Lagos)

27 November 2012

Nigeria: Kano Partners Dangote, Bill Gates Foundations On Polio

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Polio

Kano State Government has signed an agreement with Bill Gates and Dangote Foundations respectively, in a bid to tackle the scourge of polio meningitis in the state.

Speaking at the ceremony Tuesday at the Government House, Kano, Governor Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, said the state government would continue to work towards improving healthcare and enhance routine immunisation.

Kwankwaso, who was represented by his deputy, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, said the problem of resistance among some parents would be address by the state government as well ensure total immunisation of all eligible children in the state.

He said the goal was to wipe out polio virus to avoid its spread to other parts of the country.

On its part, the representative of Bill Gates and Melinda Foundation, Mr. Jeffery Raikes, said it had become imperative for the state government and the Foundation to partner in the fight against polio.

Also, Chairman of Dangote Foundation and Chief Executive of Dangote Group, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, said he decided to join

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