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Magufuli Clears Air On The Covid-19 Reality After WHO Message

Job Maangi



Photo: Tanzanian President Dr John Pombe Magufuli

WHO Director-General on 20 February 2021 issued a statement to Tanzania Concerning the state of Covid-19 in the country.

He condoled with Tanzanian citizens concerning 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,” WHO statement indicated.

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus regretted that they have spoken with several authorities in Tanzania but WHO is yet to receive any information regarding what measures Tanzania is taking to respond to the pandemic.

In a church service today President John Pombe Magufuli, softened his stand on the Corona virus situation in the country as he urged the citizens to wear masks.

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.

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“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,”Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus asserted.

COVID-19 is a serious disease that can cause severe illness and even death. National authorities everywhere must do all they can to protect people and save lives and WHO stands ready to support them in the response against this deadly virus.

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