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‘Fully Complicit In the Terrible Suffering’: Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus Blamed For 2017 Cholera Outbreaks – Health professionals accused him of covering up the previous epidemic to shield two African regimes.

‘Fully Complicit In the Terrible Suffering’: Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus Blamed For 2017 Cholera Outbreaks – Health professionals accused him of covering up the previous epidemic to shield two African regimes.

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  1. The main point of the article:

    >A group of American doctors [blasted](https://www.scribd.com/document/358818042/Physicians-Open-Letter-to-WHO) Tedros in September 2017, accusing him of failing to investigate outbreaks of cholera in the African country, which neighbors Ethiopia. Sudanese leaders classified the outbreak as “acute watery diarrhea” rather than cholera, which is caused by a bacteria found in unsanitary drinking water.
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    >The terminology affected whether outside health organizations would marshal resources to fight an outbreak of the deadly bacteria.
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    >“Your silence about what is clearly a massive cholera epidemic in Sudan daily becomes more reprehensible,” the doctors wrote in a Sept. 11, 2017, letter to Tedros.
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    >“The inevitable history that will be written of this epidemic will surely cast you in an unforgiving light,” they also wrote, adding that Tedros was “fully complicit in the terrible suffering and dying that continues to spread.”

    >Months earlier, Lawrence Gostin, the director of the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown University, had lobbied against Tedros taking over WHO because of his handling of cholera outbreaks in Ethiopia in 2006, 2009 and 2011.
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    >Tedros served as Ethiopa’s health minister from 2005 to 2012, when he took over as the east African nation’s foreign minister.
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    >“Dr. Tedros is a compassionate and highly competent public health official,” Gostin told The New York Times. “But he had a duty to speak truth to power and to honestly identify and report verified cholera outbreaks over an extended period.”

    >[According to The New York Times](https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/13/health/candidate-who-director-general-ethiopia-cholera-outbreaks.html), WHO officials had privately complained that Ethiopian health officials lied about the outbreaks. The Washington Post [reported](https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2016/08/19/the-things-ethiopia-doesnt-want-you-to-know-that-are-going-on-in-the-country/) in August 2016 that the Ethiopian government restricted international aid organizations from calling the outbreak anything other than “acute watery diarrhea,” as well as from publishing the number of people sick from the epidemic.
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    >Tedros insisted to The New York Times that the Ethiopian outbreaks were “acute watery diarrhea,” and that it was difficult to test for cholera. He has long dismissed the cholera allegations as a smear campaign waged by political rivals.

    >Meanwhile, Henry Thayer, a professor at the University of Texas-San Antonio, and Lianchao Han, the vice president of Citizens Power Initiatives for China, accused Tedros of turning a “blind eye” to China’s culpability in the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
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    >They [wrote](https://thehill.com/opinion/international/487851-china-and-the-whos-chief-hold-them-both-accountable-for-pandemic) in a March 17 op-ed in The Hill that both Xi and Tedros should “be held accountable for recklessly managing this deadly pandemic.”

  2. This really is a dogshit source, OP.

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