Bill Gates commends Sri Lankan healthcare system

18 April 2018 09:28 am - 13     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


Sri Lanka and Bangladesh have built very high quality primary healthcare systems, staffed primarily by women healthcare workers, co-founder of Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Bill Gates said.

He expressed these views while speaking at the joint forum of the Commonwealth Head of Government Meeting held in Westminster on Tuesday.

He praised the Singaporean education system as well. “Nobody else is better in the world at education than Singapore,” he said.

Mr. Gates said the Commonwealth has to learn from itself in solving its own problems, stating examples of what Nigeria learnt from India in the eradication of polio.

“If you want to do something better, find out who is already doing better than anyone else in the world, and adopt what they are doing, to your own challenges. The Commonwealth is ideal for this and you have positive outliers in almost every area of expertise, and you meet regularly to learn from one another.

Polio eradication is a great example of this. For different reasons, India, Nigeria, Pakistan, are three of the places it has been most difficult to wipe out this disease. But India was declared Polio-free in 2014.

The lessons learnt from there have helped Nigeria get to zero cases in 2017. And now Pakistan, which still has few cases, very few, is taking those experiences, particularly at the challenges of dealing with insecurity, and they have their cases down to the lowest areas ever.

So, this success really goes back to the substantial commitments made in part at the Commonwealth meetings. Collectively, Commonwealth nations are experts in far more than just polio eradication,” Mr. Gates said. (Sunil Jayasiri from London)

  Comments - 13

  • Samayan Wednesday, 18 April 2018 09:38 AM

    Good boy, you have done well. Sill hanging on the white man's approval, Nothing against Bill Gates though

    ANTON Wednesday, 18 April 2018 09:42 AM


    Dr. Trevor Mendis Wednesday, 18 April 2018 09:52 AM

    Appreciate Bill Gate's comments and saying something good about SL and the Sri Lankan Healthcare system. But definitely there's more room for further improvement in our healthcare system.

    Empulz Wednesday, 18 April 2018 10:06 AM

    Of course we have a very good healthcare system, but most SriLankans dont know of the value of the system. As Sri Lankans we have to helo imorove the current system rather than just the reap the benefits of the system while trying to make the slightest problem as the problem of the century. One good example of the efforts of SriLankans is the cancer equipment that was reacently donated to the hosiptal.

    asela Wednesday, 18 April 2018 10:06 AM

    Laughing stock. Poor Gates does not know the real plight of Sri Lankan medical services.

    lkboy Wednesday, 18 April 2018 12:08 PM

    you must be living abroad.

    Nimal Wednesday, 18 April 2018 10:31 AM

    He may know how to make easy money...but, I don't think he really knows about our health care system or health facilities

    Jude Wednesday, 18 April 2018 11:38 AM

    Maybe Bill not familiar with SL GMOA !!??

    Ceylon Wednesday, 18 April 2018 12:38 PM

    Dr rajitha now internationaly accepted true deliverer of results.

    Mahesh -saudi Wednesday, 18 April 2018 12:59 PM

    As sri lankans we should be proud about it . Those who are living in the countries where there is no free healthcare and education , know the pain that their going through .

    Ss Wednesday, 18 April 2018 01:19 PM

    I wonder who gave him the report. Obviously he hasn't been to any Sri Lankan hospitals such as Kalubowila.

    SS Wednesday, 18 April 2018 03:16 PM

    Not only Kalubowila you must go for a tour through each and every ward in National hospital as well to witness the real situation then you can make a proper judgement of the facilities.

    MO77 Wednesday, 18 April 2018 03:00 PM

    He talked about the primary healthcare systems. It is not about advanced healthcare systems (Eg: Sri Lankan need to await one year or one and half for heart surgery if person is poor and no connection with doctors at government hospitals). Don't be misunderstand his comment.

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