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COVID-19: NCDC reacts as Trump suspends funding to WHO

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Chikwe Ihekweazu, the Director-General, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), on Thursday, said the withdrawal of funding to the World Health Organisation (WHO) will be a huge price to pay.

Ihekweazu said this while answering questions on the WHO COVID-19 Africa Media briefing held in Geneva, Switzerland

This is following U.S President, Donald Trump’s decision to halt financial support to the world health agency.

According to Trump, WHO had “failed in its basic duty” in response to the Coronavirus outbreak which started In China.

Ihekweazu said that the survival of Africa is dependent on the operations of WHO, hence, there must be funding to the organisation, NAN reports.

“If funding to WHO is affected in a way, it means that there will be a huge price for humanity to pay and all of us in this side of the world.

“I really hope that everyone around the world will come together to support the organisation, not just by speaking, but by funding the organisation.

“The funding of WHO is so important to all, and it is hard to explain to someone outside the continent how it is.

“We really rely on them for guidance because of the work they do, and we don’t have the luxury to build up the infrastructure and knowledge on our own and expertise they offer.

“WHO is critical to our collective survival in Africa and the world. A price will be paid, and I hope we don’t get to that stage,” he said.

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