African Union chairperson, president Cyril Ramaphosa said the AU reaffirms it’s support for the World Health Organisation (WHO) for it’s good work and various measures being taken by the organization to mitigate the spread of the global pandemic.
“AU recognizes and appreciates the good work that has been undertaken by the WHO and notes with a sense of satisfaction the various initiatives and measures that are continuously taken to mitigate the spread of the pandemic,” said Ramaphosa.
President Ramaphosa also added that the African Union has called on the international community to support WHO in leading global efforts to fight the pandemic.
“We call upon the international community to supports of entire WHO family as they lead the global efforts to fight the pandemic,” he said.
Ramaphosa also noted that while other countries are facing daunting and frustrating tasks to contain the spread of the pandemic, the temptation to apportion blame to any individual, institution or country should be avoided if the globe is to combat COVID-19.
The African Union’s support for the WHO comes at a time when the US president Donald Trump is reported to be working on plan to cut aid to the organisation in what is perceived as a measure to deflect blame for his mishandling of the COVID-19 outbreak which has claimed 14,802 lives.
Director General of the WHO, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has warned nations to stop politicizing COVID-19, following threats from Donald Trump to pull US funding for the organisation.
“The virus exploits political fissures, please quarantine from politicizing COVID-19,” he said.