Tanzania’s Reluctance To Share Information With WHO Regarding Suspected Ebola Cases Shows Importance Of Global Health Transparency, Experts Say

Devex: Suspected Ebola in Tanzania highlights importance of transparency
“Over the weekend, the World Health Organization issued a statement accusing the Tanzanian government of withholding clinical information on suspected Ebola cases. The statement outlines a series of unofficial reports of suspected Ebola cases in the country and the government’s repeated refusal to provide information that WHO requested to better understand the situation. … This move shows ‘how seriously WHO sees the role of full transparency and disclosure about Ebola cases in this outbreak,’ said Thomas Inglesby, director of Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security. ‘It’s obviously quite unusual for WHO to make a statement like this, so they clearly have concerns’…” (Jerving/Ravelo, 9/24).

Reuters: Tanzania summons World Health Organization rep over Ebola complaint
“Tanzania on Tuesday summoned the World Health Organization’s local representative over its assertion that the government refused to share information on suspected Ebola cases, signaling displeasure at the agency’s rare public rebuke. … WHO said late on Saturday it was made aware on Sept. 10 of the death of a patient in Dar es Salaam, and was unofficially told the next day that the person had tested positive for Ebola. The woman had died on Sept. 8…” (Ng’wanakilala et al., 9/24).

Additional coverage is available from The Guardian and Vox.

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