GENEVA / DRC EBOLA UPDATE

25-May-2018 00:02:46
The escape of three people infected with Ebola virus from a hospital in Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) was “not unexpected”, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday, underlining the need to step up efforts to explain the dangers to affected communities. UNTV CH
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STORY: GENEVA / DRC EBOLA UPDATE
TRT: 2:46
SOURCE: UNTV CH
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 25 MAY 2018 GENEVA, SWITZERLAND
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1. Wide shot, exterior shot, Palais des Nations
2. Wide shot, United Nations press room
3. Medium shot, journalist
4. Medium shot, journalist
5. Medium shot, journalists
6. Close up, hands typing on laptop
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Tarik Jasarevic, spokesperson, World Health Organization (WHO):
“It is very unfortunate that people fled the treatment centre, but it is not unexpected. We had this in previous outbreaks. It is only human that people want to be with their loved ones and family want them to be at home in what could be the last moments of life. But it is really important that we redouble our efforts to engage with the community so that everyone understands how Ebola is being transmitted, and that keeping the sick person at home not only decreases the chances of survival for this person because this person is not then receiving supported treatment, but is also putting at risk of the whole family.”
8. Close up shot, journalist.
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Tarik Jasarevic, spokesperson, World Health Organization (WHO):
“Both of the persons who died who had escaped, one outside of the hospital and the second one after returning to the hospital have been buried following the safe and dignified burial protocol.”
10. Close up, journalists
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Tarik Jasarevic, spokesperson, World Health Organization (WHO):
“It’s targeted vaccination. It’s basically getting people who are identified as eligible to receive the vaccine; so, contacts and contacts of contacts. We already said that for each confirmed case we say there should be 100 to 150 contacts and contacts of contacts. There are a number of challenges; first, epidemiological teams have to identify these people, see where they are. They may not be in the same village, they may be somewhere else. Then, social mobilisers go first to that village and explain what it is before vaccination team would actually come, just to get the acceptance and get this social mobilization work being done. Then vaccinators will come and then there is a need for consent because the vaccination is not mandatory it is voluntary.”
12. Wide shot, journalists.
13. SOUNDBITE (English) Christophe Boulierac, spokesperson, UNICEF:
“And previous Ebola outbreaks have demonstrated the need for social workers to identify and assist vulnerable children. So, 22 psychosocial agents trained by UNICEF and its partners are providing assistance to families that are affected by the Ebola outbreak, while UNICEF is also supporting 23 children and their families who have relatives infected with Ebola, by supplying household kits and food rations.”
14. Wide shot, journalists.
15. Close up, hands typing
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STORYLINE
The escape of three people infected with Ebola virus from a hospital in Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) was “not unexpected”, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday, underlining the need to step up efforts to explain the dangers to affected communities.

At a press conference in Geneva Friday (25 May) a WHO spokesperson Tarik Jasarevic confirmed that two of the three patients died after leaving an isolation unit in Wangata hospital in Mbandaka city in the last week.

He said that both of the deceased had been given a safe and dignified burial and added that “it was only human” that sick people wanted to be with their families “in what could be the last moments of life.”

Jasarevic said “it is very unfortunate that people fled the treatment centre, but it is not unexpected. We had this in previous outbreaks. It is only human that people want to be with their loved ones and family want them to be at home in what could be the last moments of life. But it is really important that we redouble our efforts to engage with the community so that everyone understands how Ebola is being transmitted, and that keeping the sick person at home not only decreases the chances of survival for this person because this person is not then receiving supported treatment, but is also putting at risk of the whole family.”

Latest data from DRC health authorities indicates a total of 52 cases of Ebola in the north-west of the country; 31 of these are confirmed, 13 are probable and eight are suspect.

There have been 22 deaths so far. The overall caseload and death toll have been revised downwards, reflecting the fact that some samples have either tested negative for the haemorrhagic disease, or that their link to Ebola has been ruled out.
But concerns are still high that the disease could spread easily from Mbandaka - a city of over a million people – given its regular river transport links to DRC’s capital, Kinshasa.

The outbreak was originally declared on May 8 in Bikoro, a remote region in Equateur Province.

Access there and to nearby Iboko is difficult and efforts are still ongoing to put in place a cold chain to maintain Ebola vaccine at between minus 60 and minus 80 Celsius.

Targeted vaccinations have already begun in Mbandaka and 154 people have been inoculated to date, according to Mr Jasarevic, who stressed that it would take time to identify all those who could have come into contact with an infected carrier.

Who spokesperson explained “it’s targeted vaccination. It’s basically getting people who are identified as eligible to receive the vaccine; so contacts and contacts of contacts. We already said that for each confirmed case we say there should be 100 to 150 contacts and contacts of contacts. There are a number of challenges; first, epidemiological teams have to identify these people, see where they are. They may not be in the same village, they may be somewhere else. Then, social mobilisers go first to that village and explain what it is before vaccination team would actually come, just to get the acceptance and get this social mobilization work being done. Then vaccinators will come and then there is need for consent because the vaccination is not mandatory it is voluntary.”

To date, WHO has shipped more than 7,500 vaccinations to DRC; a total of 300,000 are available from pharmaceuticals manufacturer Merck. As in the previous Ebola outbreak in West Africa between 2014 and 2016, efforts are also under way in DRC to protect youngsters from the disease.

“Children are still at risk,” said Christophe Boulierac, spokesperson for UN Children’s Fund UNICEF, who added that that staff are raising awareness of the dangers among 13,000 children in the three affected Ebola zones and installing handwashing facilities in more than 270 schools.

Measures are also in place to protect the mental well-being of youngsters, Boulierac continued, adding that other Ebola outbreaks had “demonstrated the need for social workers to identify and assist vulnerable children”.

A total of 22 psychosocial agents have been trained by UNICEF and along with its partners, Mr Boulierac said, adding that the agency is supporting 23 children and their families who have relatives infected with Ebola by supplying household kits and food rations.
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