Senate raises alarm over Ebola outbreak, calls for emergency vaccines

OrderPaperToday – The Senate has called for alertness on the part of immigration and health authorities as well as citizens following an outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

The red chamber urged the Minister of Interior to take necessary steps to check migration into the country, while calling on the Minister of Health to be on high alert with Ebola vaccines to combat emergency cases that may arise.

In her motion, Senator Oluremi Tinubu (APC, Lagos) recalled that in 2014, Mr Patrick Sawyer, an infected Liberian, made his way into Nigeria which led to a total of 869 contacts, 20 laboratory confirmed cases, and 8 deaths in the country.

She therefore expressed worry over the situation in Democratic Republic of Congo where a new outbreak of Ebola has claimed 19 lives, stressing that Nigeria is also at risk due to its proximity to the Central African nation and the flighty nature of Nigerians.

“Unless we prepare and properly equip our hospitals with Ebola vaccines where necessary, this is an epidemic we might be unable to take on and will only cause untold hardship. If we do nothing given our population, we may well be on our way to creating a big global situation,” Tinubu warned.

Senator Olusola Adeyeye (APC, Osun), in his contribution, called for intervention in the ongoing strike by health workers, observing that unless the strike is resolved, the country will remain ill equipped to deal with a possible outbreak.

The chamber subsequently adopted Adeyeye’s position as the Senate called for a quick resolution of the industrial crises.


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