Gates lauds India's health initiatives



New Delhi: Bill Gates on Thursday lauded India's efforts in improving its health parametres and assured of his continued support in sync with the country's national health programmes.

Gates, along with his team, met Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad and Health Ministry officials and identified key areas of cooperation like leveraging of IT for health, capacity building and lending technical support.

He agreed support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation would be aligned with national priorities and with the national programmes being implemented by the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

During his half-an-hour hour meeting with Azad, Gates discussed issues relating to immunization programme, Pentavalent vaccine, HIV/AIDS, infectious as well as Non-communicable Diseases. Gates was particularly appreciative of India’s achievements in containing AIDS infections, polio management, reproductive health initiatives as also recent steps taken for TB management and said strides made by India go beyond his expectations.

PTI