Bill Gate's Bihar Visit
Bill Gates’ recent Bihar- visit, his movements in its villages, and his talks with poor villagers unlike the same of some political leaders of Bihar has been a realistic and praiseworthy step worth recording in the history of sustainable development. The state, though after a long time, is now blessed with a good and visionary leader Mr. Nitish Kumar, and it is during Mr. Kumar’s time that a person of the world fame walked on its streets to review the progress of various programmes being conducted by workers of his organization in the area of healthcare including work on Polio, Kala-azar, and tuberculosis etc. Known for its humble, disciplined, labourious and intelligent people who have been neglected for a long time across the country, who have now come on the global platform to prove their real worth with their visionary leader, the state of Bihar is now marching ahead to regain its lost glory … may God protect it from some corrupt leaders and evil forces in the future.
Bill Gates, the Microsoft Chairman who visited Bihar on 12th May 2010 expressed his real concern for Bihar by signing the agreement for “accelerating state-wide improvement in maternal, new borne and child health. The Memorandum of Cooperation signed by the Government of Bihar with the Melinda Gates Foundation is expected to raise the health standards of Bihar in a big way within the next five year duration, from 2010 to 2015 through programmes and activities covered under it. The Foundation is already working in areas of health in some parts of Bihar including Khagaria and Banka districts where Mr. Gates visited to review the Foundation’s work on polio, kala-azar, and tuberculosis eradication programmes.
It has been incorporated in the Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) that the Foundation will provide technical, management and programme -design support through NGOs in the areas of maternal, neonatal and child health; maternal and child nutrition; vaccine preventable diseases, tuberculosis, pneumonia and kala-azar etc. It is important to note here that these areas of health in Bihar have been demanding attention since long but the previous governments could not crack the nut.
Starting work initially in nine districts of Patna, Banka, Khagaria, Begusarai, Gopal Ganj, Saharsa, Samasti Pur and East and West Champaran, the MoC will cover total 38 districts of Bihar targeted as most needy area for healthcare.
The Chief Minister of Bihar, Mr. Nitish Kumar has been reported to state that “ the state immunization rate which was previously a mere 11 percent had shot up to 60 per cent due to the efforts of the Foundation’s workers. He expressed to look forward to the Foundation’s cooperation on some more issues including Integrated Child Development System. He praised Mr. Gates’ efforts and admired his credo “every human being’s life is to be valued”.
Key Words: Bihar, Bill Gates, Melinda Gates Foundation; Maternal, new borne and child health; Kala – azar, Nitish Kumar, preventable disease.
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