SOUTH SUDAN / UNMISS COVID-19 RESPONSE

08-May-2020 00:03:26
UN Special Representative David Shearer reaffirmed the organization’s commitment to “doing everything possible” to support South Sudan’s COVID-19 response and stressed, “We are all in this fight together.” UNMISS
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STORY: SOUTH SUDAN / UNMISS COVID-19 RESPONSE
TRT: 3:26
SOURCE: UNMISS
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 08 MAY 2020, JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN / 06 MAY 2020, ABIEMNHOM, SOUTH SUDAN
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06 MAY 2020, ABIEMNHOM, SOUTH SUDAN

1. Driving shot, town
2. Driving shot, cattle hearder carrying gun
3. Various shots, UN peacekeepers in Abiemnhom hospital yard

08 MAY 2020, JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN

4. SOUNDBITE (English) David Shearer, Special Representative of Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS):
“UNMISS, from its bases across the country, is stepping up to help in the other cities, towns and villages. UN staff in each state have sat down with their local COVID-19 Task Force to work out individual plans for how the UN can help. The Task Forces have highlighted that many local hospitals and clinics are in a dire state with no electricity, water supply, leaking roofs, a lack of space to treat people and no protective gear for health workers. So, we’ve started a major project to tackle this problem together with state authorities.”

06 MAY 2020, ABIEMNHOM, SOUTH SUDAN

5. Various shots, donated medical supplies
6. Wide shot, woman washing hands

08 MAY 2020, JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN

7. SOUNDBITE (English) David Shearer, Special Representative of Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS):
“This is just some of the work that will make a real difference in the fight against COVID-19. I say again, we are committed to doing everything possible to support the Government response. We are all in this fight together – whether we work for the UN or are members of the local community. No one is immune to COVID-19. Any of us can catch the virus – regardless of our nationality, ethnicity or faith, or what job we do. So, let’s not point the finger at those who get sick. Instead, let’s pull together and follow the very simple prevention measures so we can protect ourselves and others.”
8. Wide shot, Shearer speaking at presser
9. Med shot, Shearer
10. SOUNDBITE (English) David Shearer, Special Representative of Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS):
“My first message today, is that the United Nations is here with South Sudan. We are not going to go back to our homes and families. We have stayed to help support the South Sudanese people as it passes through this emergency. My second message is that the ongoing work the UN and other agencies do must continue. If it doesn’t, the ramifications of COVID-19 will be much worse. We should learn the lessons from the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Eleven thousand people died from Ebola but many, many more died from preventable problems like hunger, cholera and malaria. That’s why the UN’s work must go on despite COVID-19. Food supplies, health services, reconciliation activities to bring peace between warring communities – all these actions, and many others, make a huge difference in this country and must continue.”
11. Med shot, email question being asked by staffer
12. Close up, Shearer on laptop screen
STORYLINE
UN Special Representative David Shearer reaffirmed the organization’s commitment to “doing everything possible” to support South Sudan’s COVID-19 response and stressed, “We are all in this fight together.”

Speaking today (08 May) at a virtual press conference in Juba, Shearer said the UN peacekeeping mission (UNMISS) – which he heads – was stepping up its help across the country from its bases. He said, “UN staff in each state have sat down with their local COVID-19 Task Force to work out individual plans for how the UN can help.”

The Task Forces had highlighted that many local hospitals and clinics are in a dire state with “no electricity, water supply, leaking roofs, a lack of space to treat people and no protective gear for health workers,” according to Shearer adding that UNMISS had started “a major project to tackle this problem together with state authorities.”

The Head of UNMISS outlined the variety of projects that are underway to support the COVID-19 response including renovating hospitals and critical care centers around the country, increasing the capacity to treat people with 100 extra tents and 500 cots, installing water points and hand-washing stations and providing thousands of items of PPE gear and medical equipment.

SOUNDBITE (English) David Shearer, Special Representative of Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS):
“This is just some of the work that will make a real difference in the fight against COVID-19. I say again, we are committed to doing everything possible to support the Government response. We are all in this fight together – whether we work for the UN or are members of the local community. No one is immune to COVID-19. Any of us can catch the virus – regardless of our nationality, ethnicity or faith, or what job we do. So, let’s not point the finger at those who get sick. Instead, let’s pull together and follow the very simple prevention measures so we can protect ourselves and others.”

The Special Representative reinforced the importance of the peacekeeping mission continuing its work to protect civilians and build peace in South Sudan despite the COVID-19 threat.

SOUNDBITE (English) David Shearer, Special Representative of Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS):
“My first message today, is that the United Nations is here with South Sudan. We are not going to go back to our homes and families. We have stayed to help support the South Sudanese people as it passes through this emergency. My second message is that the ongoing work the UN and other agencies do must continue. If it doesn’t, the ramifications of COVID-19 will be much worse. We should learn the lessons from the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Eleven thousand people died from Ebola but many, many more died from preventable problems like hunger, cholera and malaria. That’s why the UN’s work must go on despite COVID-19. Food supplies, health services, reconciliation activities to bring peace between warring communities – all these actions, and many others, make a huge difference in this country and must continue.”

As of Thursday, there were 90 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in South Sudan.
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