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    PPE corruption is ‘actually murder’ says world health body

    August 24, 2020


    In comments that will resonate with angry and corruption-weary South Africans, the Director-General of the Geneva-based World Health Organisation, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, has labelled PPE corruption as “criminal” and “actually murder”.

    Speaking during a press wide-ranging conference on Friday, Ghebreyesus said corruption relating to personal protective equipment (PPE) during the pandemic was unacceptable.

    HEALTH WORKERS RISK THEIR LIVES

    Answering a question specifically related to South Africa’s PPE scandal, he stated: “If health workers work without PPE, we’re risking their lives. And that also risks the lives of the people they serve.”

    The Director-General added: “So it’s criminal and it’s murder and it has to stop.”

    Reporting on the media briefing, the BBC also noted that, although the question related to allegations of corruption in South Africa, a number of countries have faced similar issues.

    “On Friday, protests were held in the Kenyan capital Nairobi over alleged graft during the pandemic, while doctors from a number of the city’s public hospitals went on strike over unpaid wages and a lack of protective equipment,” the broadcaster said.

    *Full article appears on The SouthAfrican. Written by Mike Simpson.

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