WHO / EBOLA TEDROS PRESSER

14-Mar-2019 00:02:56
“Leaving the area is not an option”, said the WHO head Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, in the wake of repeated attacks on Ebola Treatment Centers in the DR Congo and explained that evacuation is not an option because “we will lose what we have gained so far, and not only that the virus will get a free ride to spread aggressively.” WHO
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STORY: WHO / EBOLA TEDROS PRESSER
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SOURCE: WHO /FILE
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DATELINE: 14 MARCH 2019, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND /FILE
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1. Wide shot, exterior, Palais des nations

14 MARCH 2019, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

2. Wide shot, press room
3. Cutaway, reporters
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General, World Health Organization:
“We have averted a much larger outbreak. We will not leave when the outbreak ends. We will stay and work with communities and with the government to build stronger health systems to prevent outbreaks and provide health services for all health needs. This is what the community is asking for.”
5. Cutaway, reporters
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General, World Health Organization:
“So, there is a need to strike a balance, between what we do in terms of security protection, but at the same time staying with the community, to fight it. To be honest, leaving the area is not an option. Evacuation is not an option, because we will be losers, we will lose what we have gained so far, and not only that the virus will get a free ride to spread aggressively.”
7. Wide shot, podium
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General, World Health Organization:
“We care to address the other challenges the communities face. And that is the challenge not only for WHO, but for all the international community while fighting Ebola to start development, to start rehabilitating the health systems of DRC, to start showing to the communities of those affected by Ebola that we are with you to address the other problems too.”

FILE - 6-8 MARCH 2019, BUTEMBO, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO

9. Various shots, Ebola Treatment Center
10. Various shots, burnt section of the ETC
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“Leaving is the area not an option”, said the WHO head Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, in the wake of repeated attacks on Ebola Treatment Centers in the DR Congo and explained that evacuation is not an option because “we will lose what we have gained so far, and not only that the virus will get a free ride to spread aggressively.”

The Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) briefed journalists in Geneva Thursday (14 Mar) upon his return from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, which is currently going through its 10th Ebola outbreak. The WHO and its partners are operating a number of Ebola treatment centers in the affected area in an effort to help the country combat the disease.

Tedros said “we have averted a much larger outbreak” and went on to outline the WHO plans for the post-Ebola-outbreak period.

He said “we will not leave when the outbreak ends. We will stay and work with communities and with the government to build stronger health systems to prevent outbreaks and provide health services for all health needs. This is what the community is asking for.”

The current outbreak is in Kivu province, in the restive east of the country, where numerous armed groups are actively fighting the Congolese army and attacking population. The Ebola treatment centers were also targeted, forcing humanitarians to retreat or limit their activities.

The director-General however, said that “leaving the area is not an option.”

Tedros explained that “there is a need to strike a balance, between what we do in terms of security protection, but at the same time staying with the community, to fight it [Ebola]” and that “evacuation is not an option, because we will be losers, we will lose what we have gained so far, and not only that the virus will get a free ride to spread aggressively.”

The outreach to the affected communities has to go further than only helping to treat Ebola and the WHO wants “to address the other challenges the communities face” said Tedros. “ And that is the challenge not only for WHO, but for all the international community while fighting Ebola to start development, to start rehabilitating the health systems of DRC, to start showing to the communities of those affected by Ebola that we are with you to address the other problems too.”

According to the WHO, as of 12 March 2019, the agency recorded total of 927 cases. The Ebola Virus Disease was confirmed in 862. 584 people (519 confirmed) have died so far from the Ebola in this outbreak.
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