UN / ETHIOPIA TIGRAY UPDATE

05-May-2021 00:02:09
A UN Spokesperson said, “the security situation in Tigray remains unpredictable and volatile with active hostilities impeding the scale up of operations in rural areas.” UNIFEED
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STORY: UN / ETHIOPIA TIGRAY UPDATE
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SOURCE: UNIFEED
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 05 MAY 2021, NEW YORK CITY / FILE
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1.Wide shot, United Nations Headquarters

05 MAY 2021, NEW YORK CITY

2.Wide shot, press briefing room
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Turning to Ethiopia, our humanitarian colleagues are telling us that the security situation in Tigray remains unpredictable and volatile with active hostilities impeding the scale up of operations in rural areas. The cases of COVID-19 have been reported amongst displaced people in Mekelle who were living in cramped conditions with insufficient isolation centres to mitigate the large scale of outbreak. Health challenges including the lack of essential medicine and medical equipment, including oxygen cylinder in Shire, as well as fuel shortage for ambulance services. Despite these challenges, humanitarian partners continued to trying reach all people in need of help in Tigray. As of April 29, the Government and the World Food Programme have distributed more than 19,000 matric tons of food reaching 1.1 million people in 35 districts in the region. Last week, an inter-agency humanitarian convoy reached Samre and Gijet towns in the South-Eastern Zone of Tigray, and delivered emergency food, nutrition supplies, as well as non-food items. A health clinic was also set up in Samre Hospital, which remains dysfunctional.”
4.Wide shot, press briefing room
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Two hospitals in Adigrat and Axum are now providing psychosocial services to survivors of gender-based violence, with the UN Population Fund providing health kits for the clinical management of rape. In addition, we along with our partners have distributed 19 sexual and reproductive health kits to eight hospitals and health facilities in three rural areas. Our humanitarian colleagues warn that additional personnel and funds, as well as unfettered and safe access are required to scale up the level needed response across the region.”
6.Wide shot, press briefing room
STORYLINE
A UN Spokesperson said, “the security situation in Tigray remains unpredictable and volatile with active hostilities impeding the scale up of operations in rural areas.”

Speaking to reporters today (5 May) in New York, UN Spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric said, “the cases of COVID-19 have been reported amongst displaced people in Mekelle who were living in cramped conditions with insufficient isolation centres to mitigate the large scale of outbreak.”

He continued, “health challenges including the lack of essential medicine and medical equipment, including oxygen cylinder in Shire, as well as fuel shortage for ambulance services.”

Despite these challenges, Dujarric said, “humanitarian partners continued to trying to reach all people in need of help in Tigray,” adding that “as of April 29, the Government and the World Food Programme have distributed more than 19,000 matric tons of food reaching 1.1 million people in 35 districts in the region.”

He also said, “last week, an inter-agency humanitarian convoy reached Samre and Gijet towns in the South-Eastern Zone of Tigray, and delivered emergency food, nutrition supplies, as well as non-food items. A health clinic was also set up in Samre Hospital, which remains dysfunctional.

The Spokesperson also said, “Two hospitals in Adigrat and Axum are now providing psychosocial services to survivors of gender-based violence, with the UN Population Fund providing health kits for the clinical management of rape.”

He continued, “in addition, we along with our partners have distributed 19 sexual and reproductive health kits to eight hospitals and health facilities in three rural areas. Our humanitarian colleagues warn that additional personnel and funds, as well as unfettered and safe access are required to scale up the level needed response across the region.”
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