Nigeria Should Fix Its Health Sector Instead Of Buying COVID-19 Vaccines – Bill Gates

Date: 27-01-2021 4:48 pm (1 month ago) | Author: Abasiodu Sunday
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American philanthropist and Microsoft Co-founder, Bill Gates, has advised Nigeria to fix its health sector instead of spending too much on acquiring COVID-19 vaccines.
Bill Gates stated this while responding to a question posed by The PUNCH during an interview with select African journalists on Tuesday.

Gistmania recalls that the Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, had informed the Senate that Nigeria would require over N400bn to vaccinate 70 percent of Nigeria’s population at $8 per vaccine.


 
When asked if it was appropriate for Nigeria to spend such a huge sum of money on vaccine acquisition in the midst of other issues plaguing the health sector, Bill Gates said Nigeria should not high price for COVID vaccines.

According to him, Nigeria does not need to spend too much on acquiring COVID-19 vaccines but should rather focus more on revitalising the weak and underfunded health sector especially the primary health care centres.

“There is no doubt that the impact of putting money into the health system particularly the primary healthcare system will be very high in terms of saving children’s lives and you are absolutely right.

“Nigeria should not divert the very limited money that it has for health into trying to pay a high price for COVID vaccines.”

The philanthropist said Nigeria could also rely largely on groups like GAVI the Vaccine Alliance for COVID-19 vaccines.

He argued that investing in the primary health system would improve coverage and build Nigeria’s response in tackling other diseases.


“The key thing would be, Nigeria is still GAVI eligible and so for a lot of those vaccines, they will come through this GAVI facility that we raise money for and health in Nigeria is generally underfunded.

“If you look at the primary health centres in the North, in particular if you look at the vaccine coverage rates, there are literally millions of lives that can be saved if the primary health system operates at a level that some other countries at the same wealth of Nigeria if the system was this good.

“So, I am an advocate for the government to have more resources and prioritise health. Obviously, I am not a voter in Nigeria so Nigeria can decide that independently. My advice is (that) the primary health care system is what is super important.”

When asked if his foundation would be helping Nigeria in developing COVID-19 vaccines, Gates said such a move would involve a five-year plan.

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- DMG17 at 27-01-2021 05:43 PM (1 month ago)
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Mr. Gates, all the monies stolen from Nigeria from 1999 to date, should be enough to build good hospitals all over Nigeria, so much so that the funds will be enough to feed innocent suffering and hungry Nigerians, provide employment opportunities for unemployed Nigerian graduates, provide steady electricity all over Nigeria, provide portable clean water systems, good road network, free education at any level, housing, develop our IT sector, and other significant infrastructure. Mr. Gates, if only you could use your influence, time, energy and power to advise the West to stop patronizing and accepting stolen funds from corrupt Nigerian government officials to Western banks / finance houses. As well as advise multinational corporations in Nigeria against persistent tax evasion, and fraud in collaboration with corrupt Nigerian politicians. Then, Nigeria will compete with whatever level of development you guys have in the West and be proud. Because, we have well educated people, intellectuals and people with the fear of God to manage our God given mineral resources. No nation survives with corrupt leaders. - Jackson Njoku.
Posted: at 27-01-2021 05:43 PM (1 month ago) | Gistmaniac
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- gogoman at 27-01-2021 07:39 PM (1 month ago)
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Bill no disturb yourself, Naija never wakes up from 1960... dem still dey fight on the tribal issue for now..
Posted: at 27-01-2021 07:39 PM (1 month ago) | Addicted Hero
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- KazirLucidity at 28-01-2021 05:17 AM (1 month ago)
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Tell em well well
Sorrow!
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- tommy70 at 28-01-2021 11:59 AM (1 month ago)
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YOU SHOULD FIX UR MENTAL BRAIN,INSTEAD OF MANUFACTURING DRUGS THROUGH UR LAB, THAT DESTROYS HUMAND RACE TO ENRICH URSELF.
Posted: at 28-01-2021 11:59 AM (1 month ago) | Gistmaniac
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- nonsovin at 28-01-2021 04:39 PM (1 month ago)
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Quote from: tommy70 on 28-01-2021 11:59 AM
YOU SHOULD FIX UR MENTAL BRAIN,INSTEAD OF MANUFACTURING DRUGS THROUGH UR LAB, THAT DESTROYS HUMAND RACE TO ENRICH URSELF.
ODE!!
YOUR MUMU NEVER DO??
CAN YOU PROVIDE ANY EVIDENCE FOR THIS YOUR USELESS ALLEGATIONS??....OR, ARE YOU JUST SAYING BASED ON WHAT YOU HEARD??
RUBBISH!!
Posted: at 28-01-2021 04:39 PM (1 month ago) | Gistmaniac
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