Cholera raging in Ethiopia as denier sits at helm of WHO


ESAT News (May 23, 2017)

Cholera epidemic is claiming the lives of hundreds in Ethiopia as a denier of the outbreak of the disease took the post of the director general of the world’s health agency.

The outbreak of cholera, especially in the somali region of Ethiopia, has killed close to 800 people this year alone, according to a WHO report. But the global health institution on Tuesday voted to chose Dr. Tedros Adhanom, a former Ethiopian health minister, as its director general.

The Ethiopian regime, spearheaded by its former health minister, Dr. Tedros adhanom, has been covering up several outbreaks of cholera, the prevalence of which was confirmed by international laboratories, according to experts close to the investigation of the scandal

Lawrence Gostin, director of the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown University, told The New York Times last week that Ethiopia has a long history of downplaying cholera outbreaks, and the WHO could “lose its legitimacy” if Tedros, who is also a former Ethiopian minister of foreign affairs, takes over the leadership of the organization.

The newly annointed director general is also accused of misappropriating funds meant to control HIV, TB and malaria in Ethiopia.

Office of the Inspector General (OIG), a body commissioned to audit and investigate Countries receiving Funds from the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria (GFATM), conducted an audit of Ethiopia in 2010, when Dr. Tedros was the health minister

Audit of funds by OIG found that the Ethiopian Ministry of Health, led by Dr. Tedros misappropriated the funds and demanded that the Ethiopian regime refund USD 7,026,929 to the Global Fund.