Tanzania’s government has finally conceded that it did not share critical information with the World Health Organisation (WHO) over suspected Ebola cases.
The health minister Ummy Mwalimu admitted that they did not send the clinical reports of two suspected Ebola cases reported in the country but added that they were not under any obligation to do so since the tests were negative.
Tanzania has been rebuked by WHO and other international allies for failing to provide this information. The United States and the United Kingdom have both issued travel advisories as a result.
There is no Ebola outbreak in Tanzania as we speak, people should not panic.
On 14 September, Mwalimu said there was no confirmed Ebola case in the East African country.
On Thursday Mwalimu said WHO’s statement condemning Tanzania’s failure to share information surprised her, since international regulations require a member state to report clinical samples for secondary testing only when the local tests are positive.
She added that regulations stipulate that a total of 25 cases must be reported for WHO to be informed and Tanzania experienced only two suspected cases in September.