Wednesday, January 26, 2022

Ethiopia objected to alleged “misconduct” of WHO chief Tedroso

GENEVA (AP) – Ethiopia’s government has sent a letter to the World Health Organization, accusing Ethiopia’s director general of “misconduct” after sharp criticism of the war and humanitarian crisis in the country.

Ethiopia named Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus as head of the United Nations health agency four years ago, but says he is accusing him of interfering in Ethiopia’s internal affairs “on the integrity and professional expectations required from his office”. Did not meet”. Press release issued late Thursday.

“Through his acts, (Tedros) spread harmful misinformation and compromised the reputation, independence and credibility of the WHO,” Ethiopia’s foreign ministry said.

The WHO had no immediate reaction to the claims.

Tedros, an ethnic Baghayan, has repeatedly condemned the situation in his country and called for humanitarian access to the conflict-ridden region of Ethiopia.

“Nowhere in the world do we see hell like Tigre,” Tedros said at a media briefing on Wednesday. He cited a recent message WHO received from a physician in the region, who said that health officials had run out of basic medicines for diseases including diabetes in June and were now using expired stock and intravenous fluids. Were were

Tedros condemned Ethiopia’s blockade of international access to the Tigre, saying the WHO had not been allowed to send any supplies to the region since July, noting that the UN agency’s efforts to reach Syria and Yemen in their worst conflicts. was also accessible during

He said there should be “unfettered” humanitarian access to the Tigre and added that “only respecting the constitutional order” would bring the problem to a peaceful conclusion.

He continued: “Of course, I am from that region and the northern part of Ethiopia. But I am saying this without any bias.”

The Ethiopian government said that Tedros was using his office to “advance his political interest at the expense of Ethiopia” and that he remains an active member of the Tigre People’s Liberation Front; Tedros was foreign minister and health minister when the TPLF dominated the country’s ruling coalition.

The political party running the Tigre region, the Tigre People’s Liberation Front, has clashed with Ethiopian federal forces since the country’s Nobel Peace Prize-winning prime minister accused the heavily armed regional government of attacking the military base. After a month-long collapse amid political reforms, each government considers the other illegitimate.

In September, France, Germany and other European countries nominated Tedros for a second term as director-general of the WHO, marking the first time a candidate has not received the support of his home country. Tedros is expected to be confirmed for another five-year term in May, as he runs unopposed.

Under Tedros, the WHO faced criticism from the US Trump administration over allegations of serious misconduct in its response to COVID-19 and alleged “collusion” with China in the early stages of the outbreak.

Tedros is urging wealthy countries and vaccine makers to do more to improve access to COVID shots in developing countries – a call that has largely gone unheard.

Last year, the WHO faced mounting pressure over disclosures from an AP investigation and an independent panel found that senior management had been informed about allegations of sexual abuse during the agency’s response to the Ebola outbreak in Congo. .

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