UN / DRC EBOLA UPDATE

04-Oct-2019 00:00:57
One thousand people have survived the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, marking an "important milestone,” a UN spokesperson told reporters in New York on Friday. UNIFEED
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DATELINE: 04 OCTOBER 2019, NEW YORK CITY / FILE
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04 OCTOBER 2019, NEW YORK CITY

2.Wide shot, press briefing room
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General:
“A marking of an important milestone today, the 1000th person to survive Ebola after receiving treatment has now returned home. In a joint statement, David Gressly, who heads the emergency relief operation for Ebola and the World Health Organization, the World Food Programme and UNICEF as well as Save the Children, commended the strong leadership of the DRC health authorities and the tireless efforts of thousands of local health workers and partners.”
4. Med shot, reporters
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General:
“New treatments have improved, survival rates of people infected by Ebola, according to recent study, over 90 percent of people who receive treatment early enough during their illness can be saved. Vaccination has also protected over 225,000 people.”
6. Wide shot, press conference room
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One thousand people have survived the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, marking an "important milestone.”

Speaking to reporters in New York today (04 Oct), UN Spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric said that in a joint statement, David Gressly, who heads the emergency relief operation for Ebola and the World Health Organization, the World Food Programme and UNICEF as well as Save the Children, “commended the strong leadership of the DRC health authorities and the tireless efforts of thousands of local health workers and partners.”

Dujarric continued, “new treatments have improved, survival rates of people infected by Ebola, according to recent study, over 90 percent of people who receive treatment early enough during their illness can be saved. Vaccination has also protected over 225,000 people.”

The outbreak began in August 2018 and is the largest and longest running that the DRC has experienced, with more than 3,000 cases and 2,137 deaths. The latest figures released by WHO on Friday for the week ending 1 October, showed 20 new confirmed cases reported in North Kivu and Ituri provinces, versus 29 in the previous week. The agency said this decrease "should be interpreted with caution, as operational and security challenges in certain health zones make it difficult to undertake case detection and response functions."
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