Many Tanzanian travelers have tested positive for COVID-19: WHO

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WHO Director-General, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. Courtesy Photo/ File
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Baluku Geoffrey

The World Health Organisation-WHO has called on the leadership in Tanzania to take robust action in safeguarding their own people and protect populations after it was discovered that a number of Tanzanians travelling to neighbouring countries and beyond have tested positive for COVID-19.

In a statement on February 20, 2021 while condoling with Tanzanians upon the recent passing of a senior leader as well as the government’s Chief Secretary, the WHO Director General, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, called on Tanzania to scale public health measures against COVID-19 and to prepare for vaccination.

“This situation remains very concerning. I renew my call for Tanzania to start reporting COVID-19 cases and share data,” Dr. Tedros said.

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Dr. Tedros revealed that in late January, he joined Dr Matshidiso Moeti, the WHO Director for the African Region, in urging Tanzania to scale public health measures against COVID-19.

Since then, the Director General notes that several authorities in Tanzania have been spoken to even though, the WHO is yet to receive any information regarding what measures are being taken to respond to the pandemic.

According to Dr. Tedros, 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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