Wednesday, 20 October 2021

Tanzania grills WHO representative over Ebola statement

Credit: Henrik Boegh

DAR ES SALAAM: Tanzania has summoned the top World Health Organisation official in the country to explain a statement it issued on the country’s handling of suspected Ebola cases, the government spokesman said.

The UN health agency issued a rare rebuke on Saturday in a lengthy statement detailing how Tanzania had failed to provide information on suspected cases of Ebola in the country.

Govermnent spokesman Hassan Abbas wrote on Twitter that WHO country representative Tigest Katsela Mengestu had been called to meet with deputy foreign minister Damas Ndumbaro.

“The government summoned the WHO representative to get more details about its statement which circulated through the media.

The representative insisted that WHO has neither reported nor received any evidence of Ebola in Tanzania,” read the tweet accompanied by photos of the meeting.

In a video of the meeting posted on Twitter, Mengestu said: “Thank you for giving us the opportunity to explain about the statement.

Indeed, it’s important we have common understanding between us before we draw any conclusion.

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