उत्तर प्रदेश के मुख्यमंत्री श्री अखिलेश यादव से श्री बिल गेट्स 19 सितम्बर, 2014 को वीडियो काॅन्फ्रेंसिंग के माध्यम से वार्ता करते हुए।
Present Government making effective interventions to address health related challenges in the state : Chief Minister
Mr Bill Gates praises support and cooperation of the UP Government with regards to Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation works in the health sector
Chief Minister interacts with Mr. Bill Gates via video conferencing
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mr. Akhilesh Yadav today interacted with Mr. Bill Gates through video conferencing. During the interaction, the progress of the joint works undertaken by the UP government and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) jointly were reviewed after the MoU between the two was signed and the future possibilities were also explored.
Mr. Bill Gates lauded the support and cooperation extended by the state government to its programmes being run in the state and expressed happiness that due to this the success rate of its initiatives in the state was very good. He also assured the Chief Minister that the BMGF would extend all possible help in meeting the health indexes set by the UP government and in improving health and medicare in the most populous state of India.
The popular 108 Samajwadi Ambulance Service and 102 National Ambulance Service which are very popular and effective also came up during the interaction. These services are availed for emergency services and for pregnant women and neo-natal care. Mr. Yadav told Mr. Gates that the present day government had initiated many effective and long term health projects and was trying its best to meet the challenges in the health sector. Under this, strengthening of the mother child care, regular vaccination, immunisation of new born children with new life saving vaccines, meeting the challenges of malnutrition and population control were being done.
Other than this, the Chief Minister pointed out that the state government was trying to tackle the menace of Japanese Encephalitis in some areas, Tuberculosis, Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES). He also told Mr. Gates that the state government earnestly wanted the works undertaken by the BMGF to succeed in the state so that the desired efforts benefit the target audience of the poor and the weaker sections.
Mr. Gates told the CM that the Foundation was working for mother-child care, sustained vaccination, new life saving vaccines, taking care of a child’s health, use of better and improved birth control mechanisms and their effective use and availability. The BMGF is providing technical and management know how and expertise in the state through its technical unit TSU.
This project was started in November 2013 and would continue till October 2016 and in the first phase 100 blocks in 25-high priority districts. These 25 districts have been divided in five zones. Mr. Gates expressed satisfaction at the progress of work in these districts. He informed that about 400 people are involved in undertaking these healthcare works. He also said that the TSU will also extend support in expanding and running on a large scale projects aimed at improving agriculture produce and enhancing financial inclusion. For the successful execution of the project, state level, zone level, district and block level TSU’s have been formed.
During the video conferencing the Chief Minister assured Mr. Gates of effective implementation and execution of the projects. It may be pointed out here that an MoU between the state government and the BMGF has been signed under which the Gates Foundation is providing technical, managerial and programme design help in many healthcare fields like child and mother care, immunization, agriculture etc.
During the interaction, also present were Health Minister Mr. Ahmad Hasan, Political Pensions Minister Mr. Rajendra Chowdhary, Chief Secretary Mr. Alok Ranjan, Principal Secretary to the CM Mr. Rakesh Bahadur, Principal Secretary Health Mr. Arvind Kumar, Secretary to the Chief Minister Mr. Amod Kumar and Mr. Partha Sarthy Sen Sharma and NHM Director Mr. Amit Ghosh.