- The World Health Organization has compared Covid-19 PPE corruption to 'murder'
- Tedros Ghebreyesus denounced the illicit practices that deprive health workers of this essential equipment
- The WHO director-general, in response to SA's Covid-19 scandals, has slammed any type of corruption as unacceptable
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The World Health Organization has condemned corruption linked to Covid-19 especially in relation to personal protective equipment for health workers.
Speaking during a press conference, director-general Tedros Ghebreyesus likened this kind of corruption to 'murder'.
With graft preventing health workers from obtaining the correct PPE the lives of both professionals and their patients are put at risk, said the WHO chief.
Ghebreyesus was asked for his opinion on the corruption allegations that have surfaced in South Africa to which he responded:
"Any type of corruption is unacceptable. However, corruption related to PPE... for me it's actually murder. Because if health workers work without PPE, we're risking their lives. And that also risks the lives of the people they serve. So it's criminal and it's murder and it has to stop."
READ ALSO: SIU freezes bank accounts of alleged Gauteng PPE tender looters
This comes as outrage mounts in SA over graft allegations against government officials with the Special Investigating Unit probing over 160 companies to ensure equipment and services provided during the pandemic were done in a legal manner.
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that the SIU has revealed it had obtained a court order on Thursday which allowed it to freeze the bank accounts of 40 entities which are connected to the Gauteng PPE tender scandal.
Among the frozen accounts is Ledla Structural Development, Royal Bhaca Projects and Mediwaste.
SIU Special Tribunal Judge Billy Mothle issued the order to freeze the accounts in an attempt to recover R38.7 million.
"The implementation of the contract for the supply and delivery of carious Covid-19 personal protection equipment (PPE) items, purportedly by the Gauteng Department of Health to the first responded on 6 April 2020, is suspended and the first to forty second [sic] respondents are interdicted from giving effect thereto," he ordered.
SIU spokesperson Selby Makgotho also removed former Gauteng Health CFO Kabelo Lehloenya access to his state pension.
"The Special Tribunal held that the civil recovery proceedings against Lehloenya be instituted within 15 days of the granting of the order for recovery of financial damages suffered by the misconduct and acts of dishonesty.”
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