WHO / EBOLA UPDATE

23-Aug-2019 00:01:05
The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) today released new figures on the fight against the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, warning that promises must be kept in order to contain the spread of the disease. WHO
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STORY: WHO / EBOLA UPDATE
TRT: 1:05
SOURCE: WHO
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH /NATS

DATELINE: 23 AUGUST 2019 GENEVA, SWITZERLAND
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FILE – UN HEADQUARTERS GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

1. Wide shot, Palais des Nations exterior

23 AUGUST 2019, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

2. Wide shot, press room
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr. Michael Ryan, Executive Director, World Health Organization (WHO) Health Emergencies Programme:
“We are winning against the virus in the intense transmission areas but still failing to prevent the further extension of virus into other areas before the disease properly extinguished.”
4. Med shot, podium
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr. Michael Ryan, Executive Director, World Health Organization (WHO) Health Emergencies Programme:
“We have a highly efficacious vaccine but if we don’t vaccinate single every high-risk contact transmission may continue.
Major constraints remain in accessing communities, security remains and continues to be a major threat to our teams.”
6. Close up, journalist writing
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr. Michael Ryan, Executive Director, World Health Organization (WHO) Health Emergencies Programme:
“We have to contain Ebola. If the means to contain Ebola is to invest in communities and we have made that a promise, we better keep that promise or we will be in a much worse situation in communities in three months than we ever were before.”
8. Med shot, journalists writing
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The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) today (23 August) released new figures on the fight against the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, warning that promises must be kept in order to contain the spread of the disease.

The outbreak has continued at substantial but stable transmission intensity for the past ten weeks, according to WHO, which observed approximately 80 new confirmed cases per week since mid-June. Cases over the last 2-3 weeks have started to reduce.

Dr. Michael Ryan, Executive Director, World Health Organization (WHO) Health Emergencies Programme said, “We have a highly efficacious vaccine but if we don’t vaccinate single every high-risk contact transmission may continue.”

He warned that teams face major constraints in accessing communities, including security threats.

The Democratic Republic of the Congo has suffered from conflict, humanitarian crisis and economic crisis for decades. There are no magic wands. Rebuilding in a community’s confidence and trust in government and confidence and trust in humanitarian intervention means demonstrating that the community can see a longer-term benefit, a sustainable benefit from development.

Dr. Ryan stressed the importance of making good on promises to communities, saying, “We have to contain Ebola. If the means to contain Ebola is to invest in communities and we have made that a promise, we better keep that promise or we will be in a much worse situation in communities in three months than we ever were before.”

WHO says the overall fatality rate from Ebola is 67 per cent.
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