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Laurie Garrett @Laurie_Garrett
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The @WHO DG @DrTedros addressed @UN Security Council today abt #Ebola in #DRCongo. Highlights:
"First, the security situation. Even when I was in Beni at the beginning of the outbreak, there was an attack just 15 kms frm the town. Since then there has been an increase.."
" the frequency & intensity of attacks by armed groups in very close vicinity to Beni. These include a full-scale attack on the #DRC armed forces base on 24Aug, ambushes on MONUSCO on Sept 3 & 9, a rocket explosion in the centre of Beni on Sept11 & an..."
"...indiscriminate attack on Beni town just 10 dys ago, Sept22.
As a result of the most recent attacks, which killed 21 people, our operations were in lockdown for several dys. But when we’re in lockdown, you know
#Ebola is not. Ebola gets an advantage."
"We have taken every poss measure to ensure that #WHO staff are kept safe, but as we deploy more staff to the field, the risks increase of an accident, or a kidnapping, or one of our colleagues simply being in the wrong place at the wrong time."
"The second significant barrier we are facing is pockets of mistrust within some families.
Community engagement is a critical pt of any outbreak response and in general, we have been successful in engaging the community about how to
prevent the transmission of Ebola."
"But we are now seeing community mistrust, especially around Ndindi, which is where many of the most recent cases have occurred.
Small but signif numbers of people refuse active follow-up, or refuse to be treated in the #Ebola treatment units."
"We are working closely w/religious leaders, youth & women’s grps & w/families themselves to overcome this obstacle.
Third, as a result of the security sitn & community mistrust, we are now seeing the spread of Ebola into red zones, and into areas bordering Uganda."
"The red zones are the areas which are inaccessible because they’re occupied by armed groups. This spread is extending the long tail of the outbreak."
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