Due to increasingly frequent occurrence of thefts and looting, including food from WFP trucks, Civpol are offering to deploy its staff on particularly vulnerable routes, and areas known to be higher-risk.
Oecusse: A total of 37 bodies and nine sets of remains were brought to the Dili morgue from the Oecusse/Ambeno enclave on 6 February. A religious service was held at the morgue, where a priest blessed the bodies, before they will undergo further examination into the exact cause of death. The age of the victims will also be determined. During last week's exhumations in Passabe, forensic experts found an additional two bodies but could not retrieve them as they were buried in quicksand.
Returns: On 5 February, a total of 449 persons returned from Kupang to Dili aboard the "Patricia Hotung". Secondary movement was provided to returnees from Dili to Aileu, Lautem, Baucau, Manufahi, Viqueque, Ermera and Bobonaro. IOM also provided secondary transportation to 420 returnees who crossed the border on foot following a family reunification gathering of more than 10,000 people in the no-man's land area between East and West Timor. They were transported to Atabae, Palaka, Maliana, Dili and Balibo. On 7 February, 215 persons were transported by IOM from Atambua to Batugade. Secondary transportation was provided from Dili to Ermera and Manatuto. Currently, 275 are in the transit centre awaiting secondary transportation to Alieu, Baucau, Los Palos, Maubisse, Turiscai and Same. The total number of returnees now stands at 135,499.
Nutrition assessment missions: On 5 February, ACF visited Atara in Ermera district, following up on reported malnutrition. Upon arrival, ACF noted that, in the near vicinity of the town, were plentiful maize plots. Food was visible in all of the houses visited. In a rapid assessment using the MUAC test, 34 children were screened. Of these, 4 were diagnosed as moderately malnourished, with a two-week history of illness preceding diagnosis. ACF concluded that, like other cases of suspected malnutrition identified in other areas, the aetiology is complex, and due to a mix of other morbidities present, to which compromised nutrition is overlaid, rather than to malnutrition related causes alone.
MSF, WFP, INTERFET and the Humanitarian Affair's Officer in Gildapil, in Bobonaro district, undertook a similar assessment. Approximately 55 people were assessed; many of whom were diagnosed with respiratory illness and eye infections. A full report, including any evidence of malnutrition, will be provided in the next reporting period.
Health: No new cases of dengue haemorrhagic fever have been reported. However, on 12 February, a workshop and case management of malaria and dengue haemorrhagic fever, will be organised by Merlin and supported by WHO for doctors, nurses, and other senior health workers. A similar workshop is expected to be replicated in the peri-urban areas of Dili at a later date. WHO have produced an information leaflet, in English and Tetum, providing advice on personal protection, recognition, diagnosis and treatment of dengue fever and dengue haemorrhagic fever.
The Joint Working Group on Health Services, comprised of the East Timorese Health Professional Working Group, WHO, UNICEF, UNFPA, UNTAET, MSF, and Oxfam, have just finished a 2.5 week national assessment of the health care system. On 15 and 16 February, at Lahane Nursing School, a presentation of the results to all health care providers during a national forum, which will lay the foundation for a revision of the minimum service standards.
Logistics: The ET carrier completed offloading 235 MTs of maize, vegetable oil, pulses and rice, in Suai today. On 5 February, WFP trucks delivered 104 MTs of maize to Liquica, Maubisse, and Maliana. On 7 February, WFP trucks delivered 65 MTs of maize to Maubisse and Maliana. WFP Helicopters delivered 23.1 MTs of maize, pulses, and oil to Darulete and Atara in Ermera district. A total of 8.5 MTs of maize, pulses, and oil were delivered by helicopter to Gildapil in Bobonaro district.
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