Bill Gates along with his team mates called on meeting with Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad here on Thursday to discuss issues relating to immunization programme, pentavalent vaccine, HIV/AIDS, infectious and non-communicable diseases.
Azad thanked the Bill Gates Foundation and said “The support from Gates Foundation is valuable. And year 2012 has been declared the year of intensification of routine immunization programme and recently the Mission Steering Group of NRHM has endorsed the introduction of pentavalent vaccine in six more states viz. Gujarat, Goa, Pondicherry, Karnataka, J&K and Haryana”.
According to a report “The help rendered by Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in establishing Immunization Technical Support Unit (ITSU) to provide technical and managerial support to accelerate coverage and to ensure system preparedness for new vaccines for when they are adopted, was specifically appreciated.
The Health Minister said that Ministry’s initiative of Mother and Child Tracking System has helped more effective delivery of services at the grassroots level and with the help of Ministry of Information Technology more such initiatives to enhance efficiency, effectiveness and reach of Government’s schemes are under consideration.
Gates termed Mother and Child Tracking System as a very remarkable innovation.
Bill Gates agreed that support from their Foundation would be aligned with national priorities and therefore in sync with the national programmes being implemented by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.