On visit to National Laboratory, UN envoy hails benefits to COVID-19 response and Somalia’s future

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STORY: On visit to National Laboratory, UN envoy hails benefits to COVID-19 response and Somalia’s future

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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH NATURAL SOUND
DATELINE: 29/JUNE/2020, MOGADISHU, SOMALIA

SHOT LIST:
1. Wide shot, UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Somalia, James Swan, arriving
2. Close up shot, National Public Health Reference Laboratory (NPHRL)
3. Med shot, laboratory technicians working on samples
4. Close up shot, sample
5. Close up shot, a laboratory technician
6. Close up shot, a laboratory technician testing a sample
7. Med shot, a laboratory technician testing a sample
8. Wide shot, the samples being taken processing
9. Wide shot, UN envoy James Swan and other officials inspecting the laboratory
10. Med shot, Director of NPHRL Dr. Sahra Isse Mohamed taking the UN envoy James Swan on a guided tour of the facility
11. Close up shot, real-time Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR)-based testing machine
12. Med shot, laboratory technicians at work
13. Close up shot, UN envoy James Swan and other officials inspecting
14. Med shot, Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR)-based testing machine
15. SOUNDBITE: (English) UN envoy to Somalia, James Swan
“We are very impressed with what you have been able to accomplish here and we are honoured to be your partners. We in the UN family have all learned how important testing is for determining both the health of individual patients and more broadly what’s happening with this Coronavirus pandemic. The work that you are doing on testing here is absolutely critical to the COVID response.”

16. Close up shot, Polymerase Chain Reaction room
17. Med shot, laboratory technicians
18. Close up shot, a laboratory technician at work
19. Med shot, laboratory technicians working
20. Pan shot, laboratory
21. Med shot, a technician working on a sample
22. Close up shot, sample
23. Med shot, a laboratory technician
24. Close up shot, samples
25. SOUNDBITE: (English) UN envoy to Somalia, James Swan
“And as there are future diseases, as there are future medical or pandemic requirements, you and your team at this laboratory will be able to respond. So we really see this as both a short-term response – together, Somalis and the UN, and other international partners – a short-term response on COVID, but a longer-term investment and commitment to the future of this laboratory and the work you are doing on behalf of the Somali people.”

26. Wide shot, a laboratory technician working
27. Med shot, laboratory technicians
28. SOUNDBITE: (English) Dr. Mamunur Rahman Malik, the World Health Organisation Country Representative for Somalia
“On 9th of April, this laboratory became functional for testing COVID-19 samples. Since that time, we have supported this laboratory to become operational and also to test as many samples as possible because laboratories always play an important role for not only detection but also play an important role for us to increase our understanding on the way the virus is circulating and how we can monitor the virus circulation in this country.”

29. Close up shot, samples
30. Med shot, a laboratory technician working on samples
31. Pan shot, NPHRL Director Dr. Sahra Isse Mohamed, taking the UN envoy on a guided tour of the facility
32. SOUNDBITE: (English) Dr. Mamunur Rahman Malik, the World Health Organization Country Representative for Somalia
“So the investment we have made on this lab is an investment for the future. This laboratory will for years be able to detect any unknown and novel pathogens be it respiratory in origin, be it viral, be bacterial in origin. Moving forward, we will also make further investment on this lab so that this laboratory can be upgraded to biosafety level 3.”

33. Pan shot, laboratory
34. SOUNDBITE: (English) Dr. Sahra Isse Mohamed, NPHRL Director
“We are really grateful for the help by WHO. We have been able to do COVID-19 testing here in Mogadishu. Before this, we used to send COVID samples to Nairobi, KEMRI Lab, and now we have two PCRs here in Mogadishu, one PCR in Hargeisa and one PCR in Garowe. Thanks to WHO that it procured this equipment very fast, during the COVID pandemic.”

35. Med shot, World Health Organization officials
36. Wide shot, group photo

On visit to National Laboratory, UN envoy hails benefits to COVID-19 response and Somalia’s future
Mogadishu, 29 June 2020 – The progress made in testing COVID-19 samples at Somalia’s primary reference laboratory has been hailed as critical to the Somali response to the coronavirus pandemic by the United Nations envoy to the country – and with an important role to play in its future.

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