By Eric Tataw – Friday November 1, 2019.
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus is an Ethiopian politician, academic, and public-health authority who has been Director-General of the World Health Organization since 2017.
He served in the Government of Ethiopia as Minister of Health from 2005 to 2012 and as Minister of Foreign Affairs from 2005 to 2012 and as Minister of Foreign Affairs from 2012 to 2016, his biodata has shown.
A team from the Africa Regional Polio Eradication Committee is already in the Central African country of Cameroon to assist officials complete the application process of Polio, National Telegraph has gathered.
After years of not having any new cases, Cameroon could soon be declared polio-free by the World Health Organisation – WHO. The Africa Regional Polio Eradication Committee, ARPEC, an independent body set up by the WHO, has already dispatched a delegation to Cameroon whose stay runs from October 29 to November 2019.
Out of 47 African countries previously concerned by the polio virus, four are yet to be declared polio-free – Nigeria, Cameroon, the Central African Republic – CAR and South Sudan.
For continental certification to be achieved, all remaining four countries have been requested to present and defend their polio-eradication activities. Officials say certification is not only important for Cameroon, but for the whole continent.
Inasmuch as certification is not only important for Cameroon, but for the whole Africa, medical officials say the delegation to Cameroon must take note of details, else Cameroonian authorities will fake documentation to earn good results.
Cameroon reportedly presented fake election observers on state television before genuine Transparency International officials debunked the imitators.
The ARPEC team led by Dr Maiga Zakaria, comprises Dr Feio Raul, Dr Beugre Kouassi, Dr Kane Ibrahima and Prof. Jean Kabore. They are joined by experts from the WHO Africa Regional Office and another international health institution.
According to a release from the WHO Cameroon Country Office issued on October 31, 2019, the goal of the working visit is to assist Cameroonian authorities complete filing their application to enable the country to be declared polio-free.
The decision is expected to be made at the Africa Regional Polio Eradication Committee meeting from March 30 to April 3, 2020. Visiting committee members are to study documents submitted by Cameroon as well as carry out a field visit to crosscheck the information.
The Africa Regional Polio Eradication Committee, ARPEC, was put in place in 1998 by the WHO. It is an independent body in charge of supervising the polio-free certification process for nations on the continent.
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus’ men on mission to Cameroon have therefore been called upon not to compromise the process by facilitating clearance for Cameroon in order to get certification for the continent.
Cameroon could fake documents and statistics in order to get over the process thereby risking the lives of any Polio victims in the country and by extension, Africa, observers say.