UN / GUINEA EBOLA COVID-19

05-Mar-2021 00:02:45
The United Nations Resident Coordinator in Guinea, Vincent Martin, briefed reporters by video teleconference from Conakry on the two epidemics the country is facing, COVID-19 and Ebola which re-emerged two weeks ago. UNIFEED
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STORY: UN / UN / GUINEA EBOLA COVID-19
TRT: 02:50
SOURCE: UNIFEED
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LANGUAGES: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 05 MARCH 2021, NEW YORK CITY / FILE
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FILE - NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior UN Headquarters

05 MARCH 2021, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, press room with United Nations Resident Coordinator in Guinea Vincent Martin on screen
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Vincent Martin, Resident Coordinator in Guinea, United Nations:
“So, I’d like to give you a briefing on the situation here in Guinea, which is facing two epidemics at the same time, COVID-19 and Ebola that re-emerged two weeks ago.”
4. Wide shot, press room with Martin on screen
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Vincent Martin, Resident Coordinator in Guinea, United Nations:
“COVID-19, as you know, I mean, it has been, it has a major impact on the economy of many countries, including Guinea. Today the situation is the following, we’ve had 16,000 cases, but most of them were cured and treated. And we just have less than 100 deaths by COVID. But the thing is that with the population respecting social distance and so on and so forth we can say that the number of cases is rising.”
6. Wide shot, press room with Martin on screen
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Vincent Martin, Resident Coordinator in Guinea, United Nations:
“There was no vaccine at the time of 2014 outbreak. Now there is a vaccine which is available, and the vaccine, we were able to deliver the vaccine in nine days after the notification of the disease. That is to say WHO, which is on the frontline to address these epidemic situations mobilized the stock that was available, and 11,000 doses arrived just nine days after the notification of the outbreak. And the vaccination has started, and we have 1,544 people who have been vaccinated so far in the epicentre of the disease.”
8. Wide shot, press room with Martin on screen
SOUNDBITE (English) Vincent Martin, Resident Coordinator in Guinea, United Nations:
“There is still anxiety, there is still resistance, resistance to the - quite understandingly really – the epidemiological situation, if this is true. I mean for COVID there are all this conspiracy theories. And so, there are a lot of tensions and reluctancy to really engage, and fear for these diseases. What’s very important to strengthen and grant that there is community engagement, work with anthropologists, and making sure that all the right messages come across the population, so people are part of the surveillance system. When there is a suspicion, they report that to the health authorities, and we don’t miss any contacts. Contact tracing is absolutely critical”
9. Wide shot, press room with Martin on screen
STORYLINE
The United Nations Resident Coordinator in Guinea, Vincent Martin, today (5 Mar) briefed reporters by video teleconference from Conakry on the two epidemics the country is facing, COVID-19 and Ebola which re-emerged two weeks ago.

Martin said COVID-19 has had a “major impact” on Guinea’s economy. He noted that there have been 16,000 reported cases, and “less than 100 deaths by COVID”. He said, “the number of cases is winding.”
Regarding Ebola, Martin recalled that “there was no vaccine at the time of 2014 outbreak,” and “now there is a vaccine which is available.”

He said “11,000 doses arrived just nine days after the notification of the outbreak. And the vaccination has started, and we have 1,544 people who have been vaccinated so far in the epicentre of the disease.”

The Resident Coordinator said, “There is still anxiety, there is still resistance, resistance to the - quite understandingly really – the epidemiological situation, if this is true. I mean for COVID there are all this conspiracy theories. And so, there are a lot of tensions and reluctancy to really engage, and fear for these diseases. What’s very important to strengthen and grant that there is community engagement, work with anthropologists, and making sure that all the right messages come across the population, so people are part of the surveillance system. When there is a suspicion, they report that to the health authorities, and we don’t miss any contacts. Contact tracing is absolutely critical.”

During the 2014 West Africa Ebola outbreak, there were 3,814 cases and 2,544 deaths in Guinea.
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