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NIGERIA: Mimiko Bags Bill Gates’ National Polio Achievement Award

The Ondo state Governor, Dr Olusegun Mimiko , has for the second consecutive time won the National Polio Achievement Award in the Nigeria Governor's Immunisation Leadership Challenge .

The award is at the instance of Bill & Melinda Gates and Dangote Foundations.
According to a statement by the state's Commissioner for Information, Hon. Kayode Akinmade, the letter of the  Award, was presented to Governor Mimiko in his office in Akure by the representative of Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Ms Lea Anne Hegg on Friday and signed by  Bill Gates  for  Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation as well Aliko Dangote for Dangote Foundation.

"For the second time in a row, Ondo State demonstrated the highest performance in the country against the Challenge indicators. Your personal leadership for eradicating polio and for strengthening routine immunization in Ondo state has been essential to this success", he said.

"As the winner of the National Polio Achievement Award, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will provide a one-time grant to support Ondo State in its efforts to achieve its priority health-related Millennium Development Goal" the letter read in part.

Ms  Lea Hegg, while delivering the letter commended the  State government for winning the Award for  two consecutive times, adding that the state had been polio free in the last Six years.

She said the foundation sees Ondo State as the best in Nigeria in terms of activities that is going on in the health sector particularly in the area of immunization coverage  and children maternal and mortality rate reduction.

Hegg further  submitted that with the commitment  of leaders like Governor Mimiko that Nigeria will eradicate polio  as she commended the transformational leadership of the Governor and his health team.

She said the routine immunisation coverage , Abiye programme, children maternal and mortality rate of the Ondo State Government were  recognised by the foundation and they  earned  Ondo State the Award for  the two consecutive times.
Responding, Governor Mimiko, who said the Leadership Award is a challenge for him to continue to do more in the area of health service deliveries vowed to continue to work against poverty and that the immunisation will be regular.

He noted that  his target is zero mortality which he said is doable stressing that he is building a sustainable project in the area of health in Ondo State.

Mimiko who used the avenue to thank health team headed by Dr. Dayo Adeyanju and the  Primary Health Care Development  Board,  affirmed that  President Goodluck Jonathan has shown uncommon commitment to the health of the  people of  Nigeria and attributed his award to the role played by the President.

He added that  the Award was made possible by the leadership style of  President Goodluck Jonathan.

Recall that the state won the 2012 edition of the award and winning the 2013 edition, being the latest makes the state the winner of the Immunization award for the second consecutive time.

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