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Zamfara won $1million US dollars for being polio free

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Zamfara State has received a one million dollar grant from the Bill Gates and Dangote Foundation for being polio-free in 2013 and 2014 respectively.
The foundations’ representative and head of Solina group in Zamfara State, Dr Adesina Aladeshawe, made teh announcement during the maiden State Routine Immunization Working Group meeting held Saturday at the ministry for local government conference hall.
He said each of the two foundations donated $500,000 (five hundred thousand US dollar) in line with their pledge of providing financial support to any state that maintained two consecutive years without any polio case.
He said Bill Gates and Dangote Foundations were impressed with the collective efforts of state and partners working on routine immunization in the state, and expressed their support in strengthening routine immunization activities across the state.
Adesina explained that the funds will be used in the procurement of solar refrigerators for 84 political wards that were identified with no single functional cold chain equipment, and construction of two satellite cold chain rooms in the other two senatorial zones headquarters; Talata Mafara and Kaura Namoda with a view to ensure total decentralization of cold chain infrastructure in the state.
‘’Based on the data we generated from key stakeholders, the state has only 63 political wards with functional cold chain equipment while the remaining 84 political wards does not have functional cold chain equipment. The two foundations are interested in ensuring children are immunized wherever they are in Zamfara state,’’said Adesina.
The permanent secretary, state ministry of health, Dr Lawal Umar Bungudu, reiterated government’s commitment in providing necessary support for the smooth implementation of their intervention.
He said the state governor; Abdul’aziz Yari Abubakar had registered his government determination to the two foundations for successful partnership in strengthening routine immunization in the state.
Some of the development partners that were in the meeting include; WHO, UNICEF, Save the Children, and Centre for Diseases Control.