Sunday , May 9 2021

Q & A: Conflicts of WHO's Ebola Efforts at Conflict, DRC



According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the current Ebola spread in the Democratic Republic of Congo is the second largest in history in 426 confirmed cases.

The outbreak of the announcement on 1 August confirmed at least 198, the Health Ministry of the Congo said.

It is the tenth time in D Congo because Ebola was first detected in 1976 and centered around the rest of eastern eastern city of North Kivu, which is affected by an armed conflict, which halts efforts to erupt.

Al Jazeera Dr. Interacted with Matsidiso Moet, Regional Director of WHO Africa, the spread of spread, what lessons learned from previous promotions and future health problems in Africa.

Al Jazeera: DRC's Health Minister called it "the worst spread" in the history of the country. How difficult is it to be overcome by WHO?

Metisiso pearls: This happens in the zone where there is a long struggle. There is also distrust and the level of acceptance from the population is a special problem. Although we are there, communities, kidnappings, threats and attacks have also been done to our staff.

With the hope of spreading the word to everyone including armed groups, we are eager to work at community level with various community groups. We want to tell them that when Ebola erupts, and the virus is spreading, then it is in danger all along.

This is a combination of safety issues and population, and sometimes also the reluctance to cooperate. Under the radar there are areas where the degree of infection control is very poor, it is the main areas where the transmission occurs and makes the situation difficult and complicated.

This is a work in progress.

Al Jazeera: What kind of resistance did you resist from communities?

Pearls: Early resistance to communities is the biggest challenge. Some of them question why we are here. They ask that when they were killed by these armed groups, where we were and how Ebola hit them once, we took notice.

The one thing we are doing is a safe and honored burial. It is one of the largest areas of contamination and infection. In African communities, there are traditions when we talk about birth, marriage and death. This is when we remember our culture and come back to study it.

El Jazeera: How difficult is it to be able to participate safely in the body of loved ones?

Pearls: It's hard to: People are not easy to adapt to it. There has been resistance. But we're successful in doing it effectively. In one of these, it is knowing who to work with, who has the trust of the community and relationships with them – different leaders, religious leaders, women groups etc.

Investing in a dialogue with the community is important, not only to keep an eye on, but to convince people and to admonish people to change their behavior and to change their behavior – how to deal with suicide and always with a loved one in their hands for a safe burial.

Al Jazeera: How is it being persuasive?

Pearls: For example, there are a large number of small health clinics run by many health workers. This is a combination of traditional remedies and modern drugs but is not really controlled. It is used by the population and is reliable, but this has been very transmitted.

Now we are working with them on preventing and controlling infection. We are giving them the necessary materials, knowledge and training so that if people are visiting, they will understand and understand what they should do to prevent transmission.

Al Jazeera: Malaria killed approximately 435,000 people last year, 93 percent of Africans in Africa. Last year, you told Al Jazeera that "progress is coming but that's not enough". Why is progress slow?

Pearls: The situation is still similar. There is not enough time for twelve months to start the program …

Al Jazeera: … but we're talking about 400,000 deaths …

Pearls: To include the Botanic you are facing, you need to re-insert and how much extra capacity you have. You see, there is one thing to distribute bed nets but to change what others do in their homes – it really convinces that they really use it and continuously adopts the practice.

We have identified 10 African countries and India as a heavy burden country [as part of a new initiative] And planning to improve the situation.


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