Bill Gates Lauds Progress Made in Health and Poverty Areas in Bihar

Nitish welcoming Bill Gates at his office in Patna on Sunday.

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Patna: Microsoft founder and co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Bill Gates met with Chief Minister Nitish Kumar in Patna on Sunday when he applauded the state government's initiatives in fighting diseases and poverty.

Gates, who is once again the richest man in the world upstaging Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, lauded the state government saying very few states in India have made as much progress in combating various types of diseases and poverty as Bihar.

"The likelihood of a child born in Bihar today reaching his or her 5th birthday is twice today compared to the child's mother twenty years ago," the billionaire philanthropist said during the meeting with Kumar at his office at Patna Secretariat adding it was imperative to keep the momentum going and ensure good health and education for children from all sections of the society.

The Chief Minister thanked Gates for his interest in Bihar and the financial and logistic support provided by his foundation.

"We are very happy with our collaboration with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation that is doing wonder in the areas of health services, nutrition, and agriculture in the state and we pledge to strengthen this partnership in years to come," Kumar said.

The Chief Minister apprised Gates of his AMANAT program that prepares women for nursing jobs and his latest initiative known as 'Jal-Jeevan-Hariyali' aimed at fighting climate change and strengthen ecological equilibrium.

Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi, Bihar Health Minister Mangal Pandey, members of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and a number of senior government officials were present at the meeting.

Kumar honored the philanthropist with a shawl and a memento representing Bihar.


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