Dr. Akjemal Magtymova is being accused of corruption, staffers instructed the company

The pinnacle of the World Well being Group’s workplace in Syria, Dr. Akjemal Magtymova, is dealing with “one of many largest inside probes” within the historical past of the UN well being physique, because the Turkmenistan nationwide stands accused of misuse of funds and abuse, AP reported on Thursday.

WHO has appeared by means of greater than 100 paperwork through which its staffers within the nation allegedly described Magtymova’s suspected wrongdoings to the investigators.

They’ve blamed the group’s high consultant in Syria for being concerned in quite a lot of “questionable” contracts, together with a transportation deal that awarded a number of million {dollars} to a provider with whom she allegedly had private ties. One of many unnamed staff claimed she had additionally acquired $20,000 in money to purchase medication, regardless of no official request for such medicine being filed by the Syrian authorities.

In response to AP, WHO officers have been involved in regards to the incapability of its Syrian workplace to maintain a correct document of the help it’s offering to the nation, which noticed its well being system crippled by greater than a decade of preventing terrorism and harsh worldwide sanctions. 

Magtymova has additionally allegedly used WHO’s funds to get costly presents reminiscent of “excellent servers and laptops,” gold cash and costly automobiles for the Syrian Well being Ministry and different officers, the staffers stated.  

Since arriving in Damascus in 2020, the UN official has lived in a complicated multi-room suite within the capital’s 4 Seasons resort, paying $450 of WHO cash per evening for her keep, AP reported, citing WHO staff. Final Could, Magtymova additionally organized an enormous get together on the resort, which noticed some 50 high-profile company getting collectively and value round $10,000, in response to WHO staff.

A number of Syria-based WHO public well being specialists have claimed that Magtymova known as her staffers “cowards” and “retarded” on a number of events, the report stated.  

Magtymova, who was beforehand WHO’s consultant to Oman and emergency coordinator in Yemen, has described the accusations towards her as “defamatory” when addressed for feedback.

The WHO confirmed {that a} “protracted and sophisticated investigation” has been underway towards its consultant in Syria, however declined to disclose any additional particulars.

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