LEBANON / REFUGEES ISOLATION COVID-19

31-Mar-2020 00:02:33
As the world deals with the Covid-19 pandemic, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) is making preparations to ensure the refugee population in Lebanon is equipped to deal with an outbreak. UNHCR
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STORY: LEBANON / REFUGEES ISOLATION COVID-19
TRT: 2:33
SOURCE: UNHCR
RESTRICTIONS: PLEASE CREDIT UNHCR ON SCREEN
LANGUAGE: ARABIC / ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 21 MARCH 2020, MAJD AL-ANJAR, BEKAA VALLEY, LEBANON
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21 MARCH 2020, MAJD AL-ANJAR, BEKAA VALLEY, LEBANON

1. Various shots, worker wearing a mask and cutting wood to install in isolation unit
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Josep Zapater, Head of UNHCR Bekaa office (English):
“We are piloting a project to build an isolation facility in most refugee settlements in the country to help efforts to contain the virus.”
3. Various shots, workers standing where building isolation units is being tested
4. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Mona Kiwan, Assistant Public Health Officer, UNHCR Bekaa:
“The teams with us today are training on how to isolate people inside their own tents or to build an adjacent tent next to an existing one so they can isolate those who fall ill.”
5. Wide shot, building wood on ground
6. Various shots, worker wearing mask cutting wood
7. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Amar Taleb, Syrian refugee:
“We hope nothing will happen, but if it did, at least there is an isolation space so others don’t get infected.”
8. Close up, worker hammering wood
9. Wide shot, worker carrying wood
10. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Amar Taleb, Syrian refugee:
“If we each don’t take the necessary precautionary measures along with our families, of course there will be consequences.”
11. Pan right, workers measuring isolation tent
12. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Amar Taleb, Syrian refugee:
“If I got infected and I wasn’t aware of it, I will infect the whole settlement.”
13. Zoom out, exterior shot of isolation unit
14. SOUNDBITE (English) Josep Zapater, Head of UNHCR Bekaa office (English):
“This is not the only thing we are doing. We are actually participating in efforts to help the whole health system in the country, UNHCR plans include, activities to increase capabilities for intensive care in several hospitals in the country.”
15. Close up, worker hammering wood
16. Med shot, worker hammering wood
17. SOUNDBITE (English) Josep Zapater, Head of UNHCR Bekaa office (English):
“You are involved, I am involved, mayors are involved, local NGOs, civil society, UN agencies, international NGOs, this whole of society approach is the only way to beat the Covid-19 virus.”
18. Wide shot, isolation unit
STORYLINE
As the world deals with the Covid-19 pandemic, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) is making preparations to ensure the refugee population in Lebanon is equipped to deal with an outbreak.

UNHCR teams tested building isolation units close to tented settlements in the Bekaa Valley.

SOUNDBITE (English) Josep Zapater, Head of UNHCR Bekaa office (English):
“We are piloting a project to build an isolation facility in most refugee settlements in the country to help efforts to contain the virus.”

These make-shift units will help isolate refugees suspected of having the virus to stop it from spreading within the community.

SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Mona Kiwan, Assistant Public Health Officer, UNHCR Bekaa:
“The teams with us today are training on how to isolate people inside their own tents or to build an adjacent tent next to an existing one so they can isolate those who fall ill.”

No Covid-19 cases have yet been confirmed among refugees in Lebanon.

SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Amar Taleb, Syrian refugee:
“We hope nothing will happen, but if it did, at least there is an isolation space so others don’t get infected.”

Refugees are doing what they can to stay safe.

SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Amar Taleb, Syrian refugee:
“If we each don’t take the necessary precautionary measures along with our families, of course there will be consequences.”

SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Amar Taleb, Syrian refugee:
“If I got infected and I wasn’t aware of it, I will infect the whole settlement.”

UNHCR is also conducting awareness campaigns to help refugees protect themselves. The head of UNHCR’s office Josep Zapater said the Agency was “participating in efforts to help the whole health system in the country” and its plan include activities to increase capabilities for intensive care in several hospitals in the country.

SOUNDBITE (English) Josep Zapater, Head of UNHCR Bekaa office (English):
“You are involved, I am involved, mayors are involved, local NGOs, civil society, UN agencies, international NGOs, this whole of society approach is the only way to beat the Covid-19 virus.”
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