• Short Summary

    A FATAL INFLUENZA EPIDEMIC, ACCOMPANIED BY A DRASTIC FOOD SHORTAGE, HAS CAUSED THE DEATH OF AT LEAST 1,900 PEOPLE IN THE PAPUA-NEW GUINEA SOUTHERN HIGHLANDS.

  • Description

    1.
    GV HEADQUARTERS AT MENDI
    0.08

    2.
    MV HELICOPTER ARRIVING
    0.16

    3.
    MV FLU VICTIM CARRIED ON STRETCHER OUT OF HELICOPTER (2 SHOTS)
    0.27

    4.
    MV MENDI HEADQUARTERS
    0.34

    5.
    MV & SV VILLAGERS BEING INOCULATED (2 SHOTS)
    0.40



    Initials AH/A/DW/PS



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    Background: A FATAL INFLUENZA EPIDEMIC, ACCOMPANIED BY A DRASTIC FOOD SHORTAGE, HAS CAUSED THE DEATH OF AT LEAST 1,900 PEOPLE IN THE PAPUA-NEW GUINEA SOUTHERN HIGHLANDS. DISTRICT HEADQUARTERS FOR THE GOVERNMENT'S EMERGENCY RELIEF MEASURES HAVE BEEN ESTABLISHED IN THE MOUNTAIN TOWN OF MENDI.

    THREE ARMY HELICOPTERS ARE FERRYING 'FLU VICTIMS INTO MENDI FROM OUTLYING AREAS. IN THE TOWN, A FIELD HOSPITAL ON LOAN FROM THE ARMY HAS BEEN SET UP BY THE PUBLIC HEALTH DEPARTMENT.

    IN ADDITION, THE ROYAL AUSTRALIAN AIR FORCE HAS BEEN FLYING MEDICAL PERSONNEL AND SUPPLIES, TOGETHER WITH FOOD AND BEDDING, INTO MENDI. THE SUPPLIES ARE THEN DISTRIBUTED TO VILLAGES BY OVERLAND PATROLS.

    THE AUSTRALIAN DOCTORS AND MEDICS ARE THEN FIRST CONTINGENT OF A FULL FIELD AMBULANCE BRIGADE OF 100 MEN WHICH WILL OPERATE IN THE AREA. SOLDIERS OF THE PACIFIC ISLANDS REGIMENT ARE ALSO HELPING TO FIGHT THE EPIDEMIC.

    THE INFLUENZA OUTBREAK HAS TAKEN ITS TERRIBLE TOLL OVER PERIOD OF ABOUT THREE WEEKS. BITTERLY COLD WEATHER IN THE HIGHLANDS HAS AGGRAVATED THE SITUATION.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVACD7U149IY92LI5R8O09PQ9MHV
    Media URN:
    VLVACD7U149IY92LI5R8O09PQ9MHV
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    31/10/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:40:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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