DRC / EBOLA OUTBREAK

14-May-2018 00:02:11
Following the announcement by the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) on May 8 of a new Ebola outbreak in Equateur Province, UNICEF has mobilised its teams to help contain the spread of the disease. UNICEF
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STORY: DRC / EBOLA OUTBREAK
TRT: 02:11
SOURCE: UNICEF
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 12 MAY 2018, BIKORO, ÉQUATEUR PROVINCE, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO (DRC)
SHOTLIST
1. Wide shot, Ebola supplies are loaded onto a helicopter for departure to Bikoro
2. Wide shot, aerial view from helicopter as it flies towards Bikoro
3. Pan right, exterior of the Ebola isolation ward at Bikoro Hospital
4. Med shot, a health worker at Bikoro Hospital
5. Med shot, exterior of the Ebola isolation ward at Bikoro Hospital
6. Med shot, Gianfranco Rotigliano, Acting UNICEF Country Representative in DRC, listens
to a Ministry of Health official at Bikoro Hospital
7. Close up, Rotigliano
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Gianfranco Rotigliano, Acting UNICEF Country Representative in DRC:
“I am just back from a fact-finding mission from Bikoro, where the epicenter of the Ebola epidemic is in DRC. And I saw that there is a lot to be done. We are working with the Government, WHO and the partners in order to bring the situation up to speed.”
9. Med shot, Rotigliano listens to official
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Gianfranco Rotigliano, Acting UNICEF Country Representative in DRC:
“UNICEF’s role is the role that we play all the time in the sense that we take care of water and sanitation. We will have to bring that behavior back, washing hands with chlorine, in taking temperature in schools, in public places, in health centers, everywhere basically. We are also working on helping wherever is needed in terms of the care facilities because that is something that is very much in need to be done. And then of course all the community work. We have to convince the people to fight Ebola.”
11. Various shots, health workers dress in personal protective equipment at Bikoro Hospital
12. Close up, health worker tightens his mask around his face
13. Med shot, health workers dress in personal protective equipment at Bikoro Hospital
14. Wide shot, health workers walk down a corridor wearing personal protective equipment
at Bikoro Hospital
15. Med shot, health workers walk down a corridor wearing personal protective equipment at
Bikoro Hospital
16. Med shot, health workers walk towards the Ebola isolation ward at Bikoro Hospital
STORYLINE
Following the announcement by the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) on May 8 of a new Ebola outbreak in Equateur Province, UNICEF has mobilised its teams to help contain the spread of the disease.

The outbreak was declared in the Bikoro Health Zone, located more than 100 kilometers south of the provincial capital of Mbandaka. A UNICEF team with two doctors, a specialist in water, sanitation and hygiene as well as a specialist in community communication traveled from Mbandaka to assess the extent of the epidemic and begin implementing the response, alongside the Government and the World Health Organization (WHO).

Gianfranco Rotigliano, UNICEF Representative in the DRC stressed the importance of a good coordination to contain the epidemic.

SOUNDBITE (English) Gianfranco Rotigliano, Acting UNICEF Country Representative in DRC:
“I am just back from a fact-finding mission from Bikoro, where the epicenter of the Ebola
epidemic is in DRC. And I saw that there is a lot to be done. We are working with the
Government, WHO and the partners in order to bring the situation up to speed.”
This is the 9th Ebola outbreak in the country since 1976. UNICEF supports the Government in its coordination of the response both from the country’s capital Kinshasa as well as in the affected area.
UNICEF has been active in the Equateur Province for many years.

SOUNDBITE (English) Gianfranco Rotigliano, Acting UNICEF Country Representative in DRC:
“UNICEF’s role is the role that we play all the time in the sense that we take care of water
and sanitation. We will have to bring that behavior back, washing hands with chlorine, in
taking temperature in schools, in public places, in health centers, everywhere basically.
We are also working on helping wherever is needed in terms of the care facilities because
that is something that is very much in need to be done. And then of course all the community
work. We have to convince the people to fight Ebola.”

Based on its experience in previous Ebola epidemics, UNICEF is focusing its response on communication activities in the communities to protect people from the disease and on water supply, hygiene and sanitation to prevent the spread of the disease. UNICEF has already sent a total of 45 kg of chlorine, five sprays, 50kg of soap and 28,000 water purification tablets to the area, as well as 600 posters and 6,000 leaflets to educate affected communities.
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