WHO / DRC EBOLA UPDATE

28-May-2019 00:02:27
Senior World Health Organization (WHO) official Matshidiso Moeti said that insecurity is making the Ebola Response in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) “so challenging and so unpredictable.” WHO
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STORY: WHO / DRC EBOLA UPDATE
TRT: 2:27
SOURCE: WHO
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 28 MAY 2019, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND
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1. Wide shot, press briefing room
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Matshidiso Moeti, Regional Director for Africa, World Health Organization (WHO):
“We are seeing a dramatic increase over the past month in the number of security incidents in the area of North Kivu which lies at the epicentre of the Ebola outbreak.”
3. Wide shot, reporter
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Matshidiso Moeti, Regional Director for Africa, World Health Organization (WHO):
“Since the beginning of this year there have been 174 health care related attacks, either on health facilities of one type or another, or on health care workers, or on volunteers, and some of them have involve patients having to flee health care facilities for safety.”
5. Close up, reporter
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Matshidiso Moeti, Regional Director for Africa, World Health Organization (WHO):
“Indeed when we compare the five-month period of January 2019 until now, with the five month period from August to December last year, we see that security incidents have increased three fold. So insecurity is what is making the response to Ebola so challenging and so unpredictable.”
7. Med shot, camera person
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Matshidiso Moeti, Regional Director for Africa, World Health Organization (WHO):
“This insecurity leads to lack of access, and that is what drives the increase in cases. When the response can't reach people, they do not get the chance to be vaccinated, or to receive lifesaving treatments if do they fall ill.”
9. Wide shot, press briefing room
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Michael Ryan, Executive Director, Health Emergencies Programme, World Health Organization (WHO):
“We've increased vaccination and regained catch-up on vaccination rings by using innovative pop-up methods, which allow people to come from their homes for vaccination in pop-up vaccination centers. We've managed to curb nosocomial transmission, or transmission in hospitals, it was a huge objective of ours to get to zero transmission in the health system. Only six, seven weeks ago up to 35 per cent of cases were being caused, being transmitted in nosocomial environment, that dropped over the last number of weeks to 16 per cent as a portion of all cases. And last week to a new low five percent. That number is still too high, we still want to reach for zero, with the healthcare system is becoming safer, from the perspective of Ebola, we have somewhere to go.”
11. Wide shot, press briefing room
STORYLINE
Senior World Health Organization (WHO) official Matshidiso Moeti said insecurity is making the Ebola response in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) “so challenging and so unpredictable.”

Speaking to reporters in Geneva today (28 May), WHO’s Regional Director for Africa Matshidiso Moeti noted that this Ebola response is one of the most complex health emergencies the world has faced.

She warned, “we are seeing a dramatic increase over the past month in the number of security incidents in the area of North Kivu which lies at the epicentre of the Ebola outbreak.”

Moeti explained, “since the beginning of this year there have been 174 health care related attacks, either on health facilities of one type or another, or on health care workers, or on volunteers, and some of them have involve patients having to flee health care facilities for safety.”

She added, “indeed when we compare the five-month period of January 2019 until now, with the five month period from August to December last year, we see that security incidents have increased three fold.”

The Regional Director continued, “this insecurity leads to lack of access, and that is what drives the increase in cases. When the response can't reach people, they do not get the chance to be vaccinated, or to receive lifesaving treatments if do they fall ill.”

Moeti noted that this week a new structure for coordinating the Ebola response is being put in place, with the aim of creating a much more enabling environment.

She mentioned that the Deputy Special Representative at the UN mission in the DRC (MONUSCO) David Gressly who was appointed last week as UN Emergency Ebola Response Coordinator (EERC) in the Ebola affected areas is expected to arrive in Butembo Wednesday (29 May).

Michael Ryan, Executive Director of WHO's Health Emergencies Programme, told reporters that vaccination has increased and the Organization had "regained catch-up on vaccination rings by using innovative pop-up methods, which allow people to come from their homes for vaccination in pop-up vaccination centers.”

He added, “we've managed to curb nosocomial transmission, or transmission in hospitals, it was a huge objective of ours to get to zero transmission in the health system. Only six, seven weeks ago up to 35 per cent of cases were being caused, being transmitted in nosocomial environment, that dropped over the last number of weeks to 16 per cent as a portion of all cases. And last week to a new low five percent. That number is still too high, we still want to reach for zero, with the healthcare system is becoming safer, from the perspective of Ebola, we have somewhere to go.”
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