Bill Gates meets Akhilesh, discusses healthcare

Lucknow: Microsoft founder Bill Gates met Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav Wednesday and offered the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation`s support to help improve health services in the state.

It was decided that a memorandum of understanding (MOU) shall be signed within two months between the UP government and the Foundation, an official said.

The Foundation shall provide technical, management and programme design support in the maternal, neonatal and child health, vaccination and other health and agriculture related programmes.

The chief minister apprised the 56-year-old Gates about the efforts undertaken by his government to tackle the poor health indicators.

He also discussed with Gates the problems of vector borne diseases like tuberculosis and Japanese encephalitis in parts of the state.