Ethiopia calls for probe on WHO chief Tedros for “misconduct”
The Ethiopian government has blamed the World Health Organization chief for “misconduct” after he reprimanded conditions in the Tigray area.
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus was assigned by the Ethiopian government to be the top of the U.N. office four years prior, yet asserts he has “not satisfied the honesty and expert assumptions”. He has been blamed for meddling in Ethiopia’s inner undertakings, as per an official statement gave on Thursday by the Ethiopian ministry of foreign affairs.
“Through his acts, (Tedros) spread harmful misinformation and compromised WHO’s reputation, independence, and credibility,” the statement reads.
Tedros, has on many occasions criticized the situation in his home country and called for humanitarian access to the conflict-ridden region of Ethiopia.
“Nowhere in the world are we witnessing hell like Tigray,” said Tedros at a media briefing Wednesday.
He made reference to a memo WHO had received recently from a physician in the region, which indicated, health authorities had run out of basic medicines for diseases including diabetes and were now using expired stocks and intravenous fluids.
Tedros accused Ethiopia of blocking international access to Tigray, saying that WHO had not been allowed to send any supplies to the region since July.
However, The Ethiopian government perceives this Tedros was using his office “to advance his political interest at the expense of Ethiopia” and said he continues to be an active member of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front; Tedros was foreign minister and health minister when the TPLF dominated the country’s ruling coalition.
On Friday, the U.N. World Food Program warned its food assistance in northern Ethiopia is “about to grind to a halt because intense fighting has blocked the passage of fuel and food.” No WFP convoys have reached the Tigray capital since mid-December, it said in a statement, “and the last of WFP’s cereals, pulses and oil will be distributed next week.” Stocks of nutritionally fortified food to treat malnourished children and women are depleted, it said.
“We’re now having to choose who goes hungry to prevent another from starving,” said Michael Dunford, WFP’s regional director for Eastern Africa. The WFP says nearly 10 million people need food assistance.
In a separate statement on the war, the U.N human rights office said at least 108 civilians have reportedly been killed in Tigray this year by airstrikes “allegedly carried out by the Ethiopian air force.” It warned of possible war crimes.
The airstrikes have proceeded regardless of a change in the conflict lately, with the Tigray rebels withdrawing into their district and Ethiopian powers saying they wouldn’t seek after them further there. In the interim, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has talked about compromise and public discourse.
In September, France, Germany and other European nations named Tedros briefly term as WHO’s chief general, whenever any up-and-comer first was not upheld by their nation of origin. Tedros is relied upon to be affirmed for an additional five-year term in May, as he runs unopposed.