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Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe Is New WHO Goodwill Ambassador, And People Call It A Joke

In a surprise move, the World Health Organization (WHO) has appointed Robert Mugabe, the president of Zimbabwe as a  “goodwill ambassador” to promote health causes.

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus announced the appointment at a high-level meeting on noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) in Uruguay on Wednesday.

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The meeting was attended by Mugabe who is accused of destroying his country’s economy and numerous human rights abuses during his 37 years leading the country.

In a speech, Tedros praised Zimbabwe as “a country that places universal health coverage and health promotion at the center of its policies to provide healthcare to all”.

Zimbabwe’s healthcare system, like many of its public services, has collapsed under Mugabe’s authoritarian regime, with most hospitals out of stock of essential medicines and supplies, and nurses and doctors regularly left unpaid.

Zimbabwe Health Sector

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The appointment angered international rights campaigners and opposition parties, who also accuse Mugabe of violent repression, election rigging and presiding over the country’s economic ruin.

“Given Mugabe’s appalling human rights record, calling him a goodwill ambassador for anything embarrasses WHO and Doctor Tedros,” Iain Levine, programme director at Human Rights Watch, said on Twitter.

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The main MDC opposition party in Zimbabwe described the appointment as “laughable”. “The Zimbabwe health delivery system is in a shambolic state, it is an insult,” spokesman Obert Gutu said.

Source of news : Indiatimes

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