WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom isolating after Covid-19 contact
London, Nov. 2, 2020 (AltAfrica)-Tedros Adhanom, the director-general of the World Health Organisation has said he is isolating after being identified as a contact of someone who tested positive for coronavirus.
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said he was “well and without symptoms” but would still self-quarantine “over the coming days, in line with WHO protocols” and would work from home.
“It is critically important that we all comply with health guidance. This is how we will break chains of Covid-19 transmission, suppress the virus, and protect health systems,” the 55-year-old wrote on Twitter.
“My WHO colleagues and I will continue to engage with partners in solidarity to save lives and protect the vulnerable. Together!”
The Ethiopian who is a graduate of the University of London and the University of Nottingham, is the first non-physician and the first African to become chief of the WHO.
Last month he criticised world leaders who have undermined scientists during the pandemic.
He said: “Where there has been political division at the national level, where there has been blatant disrespect for science and health professionals, confusion has spread and Covid-19 cases and deaths have mounted.
“A pandemic is not a political football. Wishful thinking or deliberate diversion will not prevent transmissions or save lives.
“What will save lives is science, solutions and solidarity.”Tedros has been the face of WHO’s response to the pandemic since the beginning of the year and has been working with government leaders and scientists to control the virus and work on creating a vaccine.
He has received criticism from President Donald Trump, who accused the WHO of not being tough enough on China following its late response to the virus.