President John Dramani Mahama on Tuesday received the co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Mr. Bill Gates in his office. He commended the former Chief Executive of Microsoft for his Foundation’s support to Ghana's public healthcare system, especially in the areas of HIV/AIDS.
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has also been supportive with Ghana’s school feeding programme, the fight against malaria and maternal healthcare.
Bill Gates is on a private visit to Ghana to access the impact of various health-related interventions being implemented by the Government of Ghana. According to him, he intends to recommend the successful Ghanaian strategies elsewhere. While commending the successes chalked by Ghana in various fields including immunization, Mr. Gates said he also intends to learn about the challenges and obstacles that face the country.
President Mahama observed that the Foundation has contributed to boost the nutritional needs of children and an increase in school enrollment, helping Ghana attain the universal enrollment level.
On malaria, President Mahama said government is using new methods of tackling the malaria parasite, but expressed disappointment that Ghana has not done well with the management of sanitation and maternal mortality, making Ghana lag behind achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDG).