DRC / GHEBREYESUS EBOLA

12-Jun-2018 00:02:37
The Head of the World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, visited the remote town of Itipo, in Équateur Province, an area that has registered a high number of cases during the Ebola Virus Disease outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).
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STORY: DRC / GHEBREYESUS EBOLA
TRT: 02:37
SOURCE: WHO
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 11 JUNE 2018, ITIPO, ÉQUATEUR PROVINCE, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO
SHOTLIST
1. Wide shot, UN Helicopter landing in Itipo
2. Minister of Health, Dr. Oly Ilunga Kalenga and Director General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, during a greeting ceremony
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General. World Health Organization (WHO):
“When you compare the two; my visit a month ago as soon as the outbreak was declared and now, there are major developments of really good progress in terms of how we are doing with case management, surveillance.”
4. Med shot, Ghebreyesus greeting WHO anthropologist
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General. World Health Organization (WHO):
“All partners are on the ground and they have already taken responsibility based on their competitive advantage and I was really glad to see the coordination really maturing.”
6. Med shot, Ghebreyesus greeting one of the health workers from Guinea
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General. World Health Organization (WHO):
“Most of the active cases are now in Itipo. That is why we visited Itipo. But, be it in Itipo or in other places there is good progress. But that doesn’t mean the war is over, it's not over until it’s over actually.”
8. Med shot, Ghebreyesus examining a map
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General. World Health Organization (WHO):
“We have to be vigilant and we have to continue to strengthen our surveillance and especially identification of cases and also contact tracing so we contain any further spread.”
10. Various shots, Ghebreyesus, and Dr. Kalenga during meeting
11. SOUNDUP (English) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General. World Health Organization (WHO):
“I would also like to thank our troops here from all sides, from the Ministry of Health, from WHO, from MSF, from UNICEF, from all partners.”
12. Med shot, Ghebreyesus and delegation walking
13. Med shot, Ghebreyesus disinfecting his hands
14. Med shot, Ghebreyesus walking with partners
15. Med shot, Ghebreyesus inspecting Arktek vaccine carriers
16. Various shots, Ghebreyesus talking listening to Ebola survivor
17. Various shots, Ghebreyesus visiting MSF Ebola treatment facility
18. Wide shot, gloves drying in the sun
19. Various shots, Ghebreyesus meeting with people
20. Various shots, helicopter taking off
STORYLINE
The Head of the World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, on Monday (11 Jun) visited the remote town of Itipo, in Équateur Province, an area that has registered a high number of cases during the recent Ebola Virus Disease outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

Upon arrival, Ghebreyesus said “when you compare the two; my visit a month ago as soon as the outbreak was declared and now, there are major developments of really good progress in terms of how we are doing with case management, surveillance.”



One month into the response to the outbreak, the focus has moved from urban areas to some of the most remote places on earth.

The shift comes after a series of unprecedented actions that have led to cautious optimism about the effectiveness of the response.

The WHO Director-General said, “all partners are on the ground and they have already taken responsibility based on their competitive advantage and I was really glad to see the coordination really maturing.”

On 9 May, the day after country declared an outbreak of Ebola virus disease in Bikoro, the first WHO and Ministry of Health response team arrived in the provincial capital Mbandaka to begin setting up the specialized cold chain needed to store a vaccine.

By 11 May, teams had started to trace contacts of all active cases and WHO partners were setting up treatment centres in Bikoro. The next day, an air bridge was established to Bikoro and a mobile lab deployed to speed up testing for infection.

Ghebreyesus said, “most of the active cases are now in Itipo. That is why we visited Itipo. But, be it in Itipo or in other places there is good progress. But that doesn’t mean the war is over, it's not over until it’s over actually.”

Just 6 days after the alert, the first batch of more than 4000 doses of vaccine was on its way from Geneva to Kinshasa. This marked the first-time vaccines were available so early in a response.
Ring vaccination of contacts began on 21 May.

The Director -General stressed that “we have to be vigilant and we have to continue to strengthen our surveillance and especially identification of cases and also contact tracing so we contain any further spread.”

The first phase of the response focused on protecting the town of Bikoro and the city of Mbandaka from a potentially exponential increase in cases, which could have threatened major cities in the country as well as its neighbours along the river.
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