THE World Health Organisation (WHO) director, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesu has implored the Tanzanian government to be transparent and start reporting COVID-19 data as as to enable the global health body to make informed decisions with regards to the situation in the country.
The call follows indications that the Tanzanian government was suppressing COVID-19 and information since March 2020 while the virus has been decimating the country’s population behind the scenes.
We extend our condolences to our Tanzanian sisters and brothers on the recent passing of a senior Tanzanian leader as well as the government’s Chief Secretary. In late January, I joined Dr Matshidiso Moeti, the WHO Director for the African Region, in urging Tanzania to scale public health measures against COVID-19 and to prepare for vaccination. I also encouraged the sharing of data in light of reports of COVID-19 cases among travellers,” said Dr Tedros.
He added that since then, he has spoken with several authorities in Tanzania but WHO was yet to receive any information regarding what measures Tanzania is taking to respond to the pandemic.
“This situation remains very concerning. I renew my call for Tanzania to start reporting COVID-19 cases and share data. I also call on Tanzania to implement the public health measures that we know work in breaking the chains of transmission, and to prepare for vaccination.”
The WHO director also expressed concern following indications that a number of Tanzanians travelling to neighbouring countries and beyond have tested positive for COVID-19.
“This underscores the need for Tanzania to take robust action both to safeguard their own people and protect populations in these countries and beyond.