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September 12, 2006

A broadside against Dr. Chan

Simon Lee, a columnist in Hong Kong, writes a blast in the Bangkok Post against Dr. Margaret Chan: Should WHO chief save face or save lives? Excerpt:

One of the favourites to replace the late Dr Lee Jong Wook, who died suddenly in May, is China's candidate Margaret Chan. Currently in charge of the WHO's response to avian flu, she was also director of health in Hong Kong from 1994 to 2003, a period that coincided with the emergence of both avian flu and severe acute respiratory syndrome or Sars.

As avian flu marches up the global political agenda, her experience in these two roles should make her a shoo-in. After all, the World Bank has just announced that Indonesia's economy has already been affected by bird flu and the WHO is the only agency with the skills and mandate to coordinate the response to this kind of pandemic health threat. What could be better than a leader who already has a track record of dealing with them?

The problem is Dr Chan's past actions show her to be more concerned with saving face than saving lives, an unsuitable candidate for a position that requires honesty, accountability and genuine leadership.

And that's just the warm-up.

Posted by dymaxion at September 12, 2006 09:44 PM

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