WHO / EBOLA TEDROS PRESSER

14-Aug-2018 00:02:38
The World Health Organization’s (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus expressed his concern over the Ebola outbreak in the Eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) due to active conflict in the region. WHO
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STORY: WHO / EBOLA TEDROS PRESSER
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SOURCE: WHO
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 14 AUGUST 2018, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND / 11 AUGUST 2018, MANGINA, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO
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11 AUGUST 2018, MANGINA, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO

1. Various shots, Tedros arriving to Mangina Hospital

14 AUGUST 2018, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

2. SOUNDBITE (English) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General, World Health Organization (WHO):
“The active conflict is the other challenge. And the red zones which are inaccessible and of course in addition to that the high population density, the high population movement, not only internally but also across borders into neighbouring countries are the serious challenges.”

11 AUGUST 2018, MANGINA, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO

3. Various shots, Tedros visiting Temporary Ebola Treatment Centre in Mangina Hospital
4. Various shots, Tedros meeting with local townspeople

14 AUGUST 2018, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

5. SOUNDBITE (English) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General, World Health Organization (WHO):
“What we are asking the international community is to help in insuring access to the inaccessible areas. And also we call on the warring parties for cessation of hostilities. Because the virus is dangerous to all. It doesn’t choose between this group or that group.”

11 AUGUST 2018, MANGINA, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO

6. Various shots, Tedros meeting with local townspeople

14 AUGUST 2018, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

7. SOUNDBITE (English) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General, World Health Organization (WHO):
“This is a very dangerous enemy, and we have to be vigilant, we have to follow 24/7, and we need to be very flexible in changing the way we tackle the virus, based on the situation. We have to be pragmatic and that is what we are saying. So at all levels, including myself, we are focused on following up the situation, the follow up is 24/7 and we will do or decide the right thing based on the situation.”

11 AUGUST 2018, MANGINA, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO

8. Close up, Ebola social mobilization poster
9. Various shots, peacekeepers
10. Various shots, Ghebreyesus leaving
STORYLINE
The World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus expressed his concern over Ebola outbreak in Eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) due to active conflict in the region.

Briefing reporters today (14 Aug) in Geneva about his recent visit to the Ebola outbreak areas in the country, WHO chief Ghebreyesus highlighted that the active conflict is one of the challenges facing.

He said “the red zones which are inaccessible and of course in addition to that the high population density, the high population movement, not only internally but also across borders into neighbouring countries are the serious challenges.”

The WHO chief asked the international community to “help in insuring access to the inaccessible areas. And also we call on the warring parties for cessation of hostilities. Because the virus is dangerous to all. It doesn’t choose between this group or that group.”

According to WHO, since January, there were 120 violent incidents. There was an incident happened the night we stayed in Beni, there was fighting within 15km, and four civilians were killed, and a number of them were kidnapped. So that environment is really conducive for Ebola actually to transmit freely.”

He also noted that the challenges also include more infections in women and children than in men, as well as infections in health workers.

WHO is increasing the number of health professionals on the ground, and is doing everything they can in order to be more aggressive than the virus.

Ghebreyesus reiterated that all responses should match the challenges that are actually posed in that region including the security.

He said “this is a very dangerous enemy, and we have to be vigilant, we have to follow 24/7, and we need to be very flexible in changing the way we tackle the virus, based on the situation.”

Ghebreyesus added “we have to be pragmatic and that is what we are saying. So at all levels, including myself, we are focused on following up the situation, the follow up is 24/7 and we will do or decide the right thing based on the situation.”

On Friday (10 Aug), World Health Organization (WHO) top officials and experts began their visit to the Democratic Republic of the Congo to see the ongoing Ebola response and discuss areas that need particular support.

WHO’s Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Regional Director Matshidiso Moeti, and Deputy Director-General of Emergency Preparedness and Response Peter Salama, were among those who visited the region.
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