Pete, Mets, Potenza discussed on PRI's The World

PRI's The World
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When you wash your hands with chlorine that in fact, gives you A Bola RAV them protecting you from about there room was about the backpacks that's NGO because carry around with them somehow, they're sociology with the disease. In fact, the truth is that the disease is transmitted by the transfer of blood. And it's the nut sense quite hard to get but the room among -greeing it can easily get in the way all the kind of. Sensible prevention measures than the detection measures, and then the treatment measures, which are affective just for the benefit of your listeners. They'll be pleased to know that the vaccine that's being developed is ninety seven percent effective. The difficulty is that in the effected communities is only being taken by about ninety percent of people. And it's the ten percent who haven't had the vaccine that are obviously the greatest risk of contracting out of reluctance, are they afraid of vaccine or has it not reached them? There's real fear, and it's the refusal of people and the concern of people about coming. Forward has been the primary issue, obviously, though at the danger is that the longer this disease goes on the more people travel and people who are infected, but don't yet know it a spread the disease, and that's why there's real concern. Not just about the situation in between. Bo weather a million people and west services of being suspended because of a tax on health facilities, but also in Goma here in where I am that web Z's hasn't yet been detected. But there's a. Dangerous spreads in so prevention measures are absolutely essential. I want you to visualize how this works on the ground. I mean, there's kind of a war going on there's violence, and you're trying to deal with an abo- la- crisis. So how does it work how to medical workers go find the people to educate about Boll and bring them in or do Pete? Do people have to voluntarily come in and be tested. How does it actually work in this conflict zone because of the very heavy military presence that exists both from of a twenty armed groups in Potenza itself. Probably sixty here in the eastern Democratic Republic, Congo never mind the government forces you have a heavily militarized situation, which of course, allows all sorts of rumors to fly around and gets in the way of humanitarian work that is of his essence separate from any military activity. So how are people getting to the facilities to be tested and treated people go about that quote, unquote, normal life? They are able to get the. To hell sent his if they're established the difficulty is that the sentence can be targeted by various of the armed actors. And that's what we've seen the Mets on frontier group a withdrew their staff in February of because of the targeting of an treatment center. We've had three health centers burned down the causal of a full rumors about what we would doing. And obviously that means that there's enormous stress on the stuff that we've go in over fifty treatment centers that have been continuing to run. But frankly, even this week while I've been here, there was a shoe towns in Timbo yesterday, which means that our stop for extremely worried about whether all the health facilities that they running again be the next to be targeted. You mentioned the vaccine that's very effective heavy been able to combat the rumor mongering about it to expand its application. Is there observed company public health campaign that's trying to sort of persuade people that this? Is a good thing. Our experiences that that it's trusted local members of the community. Local community groups local leaders, tore absolutely key to combating. The rumor mill the great danger at the moment is the health service is a wound down because of the violence. And then they evola outbreak is out of control because at the in April of a four hundred cases Alva Bola were found. That's the fourth largest monthly total in history in any response and with services now a suspended, including some services for the lab testing of particular of individual cases, the great danger is that they caseload rises.

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