WHO funding halted by US as medical supplies leaves Addis Ababa

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The World Health Organisation (WHO) through the World Food Programme (WFP) sent cargo including face shields, gloves, goggles, masks, gowns, thermometers, and ventilators to assist Africa in dealing with the effect of medical supply shortages. The African Center for Disease Control and Prevention is providing technical support for the coordination of these medical supplies.
Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat said “The African Union values the efforts of our partners – the World Health Organization, the World Food Programme, the Jack Ma Foundation/Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed – in supporting the African continental strategy for COVID-19 response. The medical supplies are much needed at this critical time that medical commodities are in short supply worldwide,” “The African Union will continue to provide the coordination needed as well as resources to ensure that our Member States can meet the need for healthcare services during this pandemic,” he added.

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This effort by the WHO through the WFP comes in the wake of a directive by President Donald Trump to stop all payments to the World Health Organisation in the middle of a global health pandemic. The United States of America is one of the largest contributors to the global health body which Mr. Trump recently accused of promoting China’s disinformation about the virus during the outbreak in Wuhan.
He said the virus which has infected almost 2 million people could have been contained at its source if the WHO had investigated the first report of the outbreak. United States Congress and Democratic Party Leader Nancy Pelosi accused President Trump of deflecting blame in a letter she wrote to the House Democrats.
“The truth is that in January Donald Trump was warned about this pandemic, ignored those warnings, took insufficient action and caused unnecessary death and disaster,” Speaker Nancy Pelosi wrote.

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Total confirmed cases from the Coronavirus pandemic in Africa has risen to 17,219 with 3,556 total recoveries and 910 confirmed deaths. South Africa leads in numbers of positive cases standing at 2,506 with 410 recoveries and 34 deaths. This could be attributed to a better testing capacity and a more robust information gathering and dissemination strategy. Algeria leads with the highest number of deaths in Africa at 336 with 708 recoveries and 2,160 positives COVID-19 infection cases.
See the latest figures in  Statistics Updated April 16  and a breakdown of Corona Virus cases per African member states.

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Compiled by Abiodun Abidoye  Member  Southern African Freelancers Association  and Publisher Africa Online News.

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