OrderPaperToday – The Senate has resolved to allocate resources in the 2018 budget for the Institute of Lassa Fever Research and Control, Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital (ISTH), Edo State.

The resolution follows the outbreak of the disease on the 5th of January 2018, which resulted in 363 suspected cases.

As stated by the sponsor of the motion, Sen. Clifford Ordia (PDP, Edo) on Thursday, out of the 363 suspected cases, 81 persons have tested positive, 44 have been admitted at the Institute while 11 deaths have been recorded, including 3 healthcare workers.

The fever has reportedly swept through Edo, Ondo, Ebonyi, Nasarawa, Imo, Kogi, Bauchi, the Federal Capital Territory, Abia, Ekiti and Delta States.

Sen. Ordia noted that the Irrua institute, which is the only centre of its kind in Nigeria, is presently struggling with “inadequate protective instruments for the Health Workers engaged in the management of victims; Inadequate drugs i.e Ribarvirin for patient’s treatment; Inadequate disinfectants and other infection prevention and control consumables; and the lack of operational vehicles, Public Address System and Health Education Materials for contact tracing and community sensitization.”

Upon adoption, the red chamber mandated its committees of Health (Secondary & Tertiary) and Primary Health Care & Communicable Diseases to investigate steps taken by the Ministry of Health to curb the spread of the disease.

It equally urged the Federal Government, through the Ministry of Health, to urgently provide the Centre with all the necessary equipment to enable it meet its responsibilities to Nigerians seeking medical care from them.

 

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