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Bill gates advised Nigerian Government to fix health sector

Tech Billionaire Bill Gates to FGN: “Fixing health sector is important than COVID-19 vaccines”

Tech Billionaire entrepreneur and philanthropist, Bill Gates, has advised the Federal Government of Nigeria to fix the countries health sector, as that is more important than buying COVID-19 vaccines.

Gates said this while responding to a question posed by The PUNCH during an interview with select African journalists on Tuesday.

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, Gates said,

“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 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.”

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  1. The vaccine is as important as the health sector also. If the vaccine is not taken, the number of deaths will increase. And the rate at which people will be affected will grow rapidly.

  2. Nigeria health sector has always had it’s challenges. So if we should neglect the vaccine and concentrate on health sector, more lives will be at risk.

  3. Wetin this people dey talk for here? If hunger do you, you no go chop wetin dey house? You stand up go dey look for rice and chicken? Na the same thing with vaccine. You must take wetin go help your life tomorrow, as for health sector we fit they manage like that. Na so we dey for years nothing do us.

  4. Na so una dey do. Na una spread this Corona till Nigeria get am, now wey we need vaccine, una one confuse our brain dey talk nonsense say make with treat health sector first. I still remember when una dey talk say how come Nigerians no die like how onyibo dey die. Me my brain dey gallant una no fit deceive me.

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