The World Health Organization (WHO) has called for unity over #COVID19, while warning against politicizing the global pandemic.
The Director-General of WHO, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, was responding to criticism levelled against the world body.
At the end of the day, the people belong to all political parties. The focus of all political parties should be to save their people. Please work across all party lines. Please don’t politicize this virus. https://t.co/GXShR4XyIN
— Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus (@DrTedros) April 8, 2020
“The focus of all political parties should be to save their people. Please don’t politicize this virus. It exploits the differences you have at the national level.
“If you want to be exploited, and if you want to have many more body bags, then you do it.
“If you don’t want many more body bags, then you refrain from politicizing it.
“No need to use COVID to score political points, no need. You have many other ways to prove yourselves.
“This is not the one to use for politics. It’s like playing with fire,” said @DrTedros.
The head of the UN health agency @WHO has warned against politicization of the #COVID19 pandemic.@DrTedros also underscored the need for both national and global unity to defeat the disease.https://t.co/jbh8bouRwl
— UN News (@UN_News_Centre) April 8, 2020
The WHO Boss, who described the disease as “Public Enemy Number One”, recalled how the United States and the former Soviet Union came together in the Cold War era to work on eradicating smallpox.
“For now, the focus should be on fighting the virus. There are many unknowns, and we don’t how it will behave in the future.
“And now the United States and China should come together and fight this dangerous enemy and the rest of the world should come together to fight it,” he advised.
With more than 60,000 worldwide lost to the disease, he warned that more people will die without a common united front.
“It’s very tragic that we lost many, many lives. From the situation we have now….we will continue to do everything to save lives.
“Of course, when you’re confronted with a dangerous virus, a public enemy like this, we do regular assessments, strengths and weaknesses. We want to learn from our mistakes”.
Dr. Tedros revealed that he has received racist comments and even death threats in the three months since WHO was informed of the “pneumonia with unknown cause” that first emerged in Wuhan, China at the end of December.
“I don’t care who says what about me. I would prefer to focus on saving lives”, he stated.
Amaka E. Nliam