Current WHO Director Was Previously Accused Of Covering Up Three Cholera Epidemics In Ethiopia

Those who trusted the World Health Organization made a massive mistake.

With many criticizing the World Health Organization for their handling of the China CCP Coronavirus Pandemic, past accusations against current WHO director general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus are getting renewed attention.

The accusations were made by Lawrence O. Gostin, who directed the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown University, who was an adviser to one of Tedros’ challengers for the position ahead of the 2017 vote.

Gostin said three Cholera outbreaks were covered up by the Ethiopian government while Tedros was the health minister in that country.

Here’s an excerpt from a NY Times report:

“A leading candidate to head the World Health Organization was accused this week of covering up three cholera epidemics in his home country, Ethiopia, when he was health minister — a charge that could seriously undermine his campaign to run the agency.”

Gostin was concerned about the credibility of the WHO, credibility which has now been shattered in the current pandemic raging across the globe:

“Mr. Gostin said he acted without consulting Dr. Nabarro, and did so because he believed the W.H.O. “might lose its legitimacy” if it is run by a representative of a country that itself covers up epidemics.

“Dr. Tedros is a compassionate and highly competent public health official,” he said. “But he had a duty to speak truth to power and to honestly identify and report verified cholera outbreaks over an extended period.”

In an interview, Dr. Tedros, who was Ethiopia’s health minister from 2005 to 2012 and remains highly regarded for his accomplishments then, denied covering up cholera.

W.H.O. officials have complained privately that Ethiopian officials are not telling the truth about these outbreaks. Testing for Vibrio cholerae bacteria, which cause cholera, is simple and takes less than two days.”

And concerns around cover ups have been around for some time:

“During earlier outbreaks, various news organizations, including The Guardian and The Washington Post, reported that unnamed Ethiopian officials were pressuring aid agencies to avoid using the word “cholera” and not to report the number of people affected.

But cholera bacteria were found in stool samples tested by outside experts. As soon as severe diarrhea began appearing in neighboring countries, the cause was identified as cholera.

United Nations officials said more aid could have been delivered to Ethiopia had the truth been told.”

This is highly relevant for today, considering that Tedros was more concerned with praising Communist China and downplaying the spread of Coronavirus until it was too late to contain.

Officials in Canada’s government made the choice to trust the WHO and defer to their ‘expertise,’ a decision which was a huge mistake, because the WHO was more focused on political correctness and appeasing China than they were on actually stopping the outbreak from spreading.

That appears consistent with the past criticisms of Tedros, showing he is clearly the wrong person to be in charge.

And, as noted by Filmmaker Mike Cernovich, even as recently as January the WHO was pushing China’s propaganda:

“In January the World Health Organization repeatedly shared China’s lies that the coronavirus was not transmitted human-to-human. Can someone explain why now the WHO will arbitrate what information is allowed on social media?”

It is now abundantly clear that the WHO cannot be trusted.

Our country must trust in ourselves, and in our democratic allies.

Spencer Fernando

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