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Bill Gates praises Health Ministry initiatives to improve healthcare

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Bill Gates, Co-Chair and Trustee, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, has praised the initiatives taken by the Health Ministry towards strengthening the healthcare systems in India.

Gates, who met Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare J P Nadda on Thursday, appreciated the ministry particularly in expanding the coverage of immunisation through Mission Indradhanush, increasing the basket of vaccines and the choices for women in reproductive healthcare.

Nadda said the government was committed to providing universal health coverage to all citizens. He appreciated the efforts of Gates Foundation in complementing the efforts of the Government in the health sector, which has enhanced the capacity of the health workers for more effective implementation.

“We acknowledge that the cooperation is mutually beneficial, desirable and necessary for achieving our vision of a Healthy India and look forward to working with the Gates Foundation and leveraging their expertise to support our efforts in strengthening our health systems,” Nadda said.

The Health Minister elaborated on the success of Mission Indradhanush aimed to cover all missed-out and left-out children and pregnant women with cover of full immunisation, and the successes with the nationwide initiative.

The innovative approach in addressing TB with the involvement and support of the private sector was also mentioned by the Health Minister.

In addition to the electronic Vaccine Intelligence Network (eVIN), Gates also appreciated the steps taken in reproductive health where women have now more choices to plan their family.

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