Home Health WHO warns there will be disease outbreak in Horn of Africa.

WHO warns there will be disease outbreak in Horn of Africa.

The director-general of WHO, Tedros Ghebreyesus, said this while speaking at a news conference from World Health Organisation headquarters in Geneva on Wednesday. According to him, drought, conflict, climate change, and increasing prices for food, fuel, and fertiliser contribute to the lack of access to sufficient food.

The countries affected are South Sudan, Sudan, Uganda, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia

“Malnutrition and Hunger pose a direct threat to health of children and also weaken the body’s defences and open the door to diseases including cholera, measles and pneumonia,” he said.

Mr Ghebreyesus said the crisis was forcing people to choose between paying for food and healthcare as many migrate in search of food, which can put them at increased risk of disease.

WHO has provided more than $16 million from an emergency fund to address needs, but more support is required. The agency is appealing for $123.7 million to be used to prevent and control outbreaks, treat malnutrition, and provide essential health services and medicines.

The World Health Organisation chief added that the drought was compounding the “man-made catastrophe” in the Tigray region of northern Ethiopia, where war has raged for nearly two years.

As a result, they are facing multiple outbreaks of malaria, anthrax, cholera, diarrhoea and other diseases.

six million people are under siege by Ethiopian and Eritrean forces, he said, “sealed off from the outside world, with no telecommunications, no banking services and very limited electricity and fuel.”

“This unimaginable cruelty must end. The only solution is peace and love to humanity,” the WHO chief said. “I can tell you that the humanitarian crisis in Tigray was more than (in) Ukraine, without any exaggeration, and I said it many months ago; maybe the reason is the colour of the skin of the people in Tigray.”