American billionaire, Bill Gates, has asked Nigeria and other countries around the world to start making preparation for the next global pandemic.
Speaking with TheCable on Tuesday, Gates said the COVID-19 pandemic might not be the world’s last pandemic it would experience.
Gates said the only way Nigeria can prepare for the next global pandemic is to invest more funds in its primary healthcare which he said is closer to the people.
He noted that more Nigerians lose their lives from lack of access to primary healthcare every year than the total number of deaths in Africa from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Gates said: “I mean, the deaths from the deficits and primary health care are dramatically higher every year than the total deaths going on in Africa from this pandemic, and so I hope it causes everyone in society to look at these health issues.
“There should be close to 100% coverage of all the vaccines and you need to have those very functional primary health care systems because the number of lives you can save is absolutely huge.”