Tuesday, 21 August, 2018

Senate Urges Quick Measures to Prevent Ebola Outbreak in Nigeria

Senate Urges Quick Measures to Prevent Ebola Outbreak in Nigeria Senate Urges Quick Measures to Prevent Ebola Outbreak in Nigeria
Melissa Porter | 16 May, 2018, 21:55

Orly Ilunga, the Congolese Minister of Health, who received the vaccine in Kinshasa, indicated that the batch received from WHO will be stored first in the laboratory of the National Institute of Biomedical Research in Kinshasa, before being transported to the health zone of Bikoro, in the province of Equateur in the north-west of the country where the Ebola epidemic had been declared since May 8th. Isaac Adewole, "to ensure alertness to combat whatever cases that may arise and get the Ebola vaccine ready for an emergency".

"While we plead with the health workers to be open to ways to solve the problem, we charge Nigerians to support one another and adhere to all health etiquettes to forestall an outbreak of epidemic and health crisis".

The Senate's resolution was sequel to a motion on "Ebola Virus Disease Outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Need to Take Precautionary Measures" by Sen.

The lawmakers resolved to urge the Minister of Interior, Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau (retd.), "to take necessary steps to check immigration".

While it is too early to determine the extent of this Ebola outbreak, the alarming fatality rate has heaped pressure on health officials to act quickly in order to prevent the disease spreading beyond its current 60-kilometre radius.

"The World Health Organisation states that Nigeria and other African countries are at risk of spread".

According to WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the organisation has agreement, registration, plus import permit and the vaccinations could begin by next Monday, he said.

DRC's health ministry announced the Ebola outbreak on May 8 after two cases were confirmed in Bikoro.

World Health Organization spokesman Tarik Jasarevic said the vaccine will be reserved for people suspected of coming into contact with the disease, and that a second batch of 4,000 doses would be sent in the coming days.

"The Ebola vaccine is an additional tool in our response to the outbreak".

The Chief Whip, Senator Sola Adeyeye, however, pointed out that the disease, if spread to Nigeria, might have a devastating effect as workers in the country's public health institutions were on strike.