Ebola: Be on alert, Senate tells FG, seeks end to JOHESU strike


Ebola: Be on alert, Senate tells FG, seeks end to JOHESU strike

Tedros said he hoped for a better result in this ninth Ebola outbreak in the vast central African country since 1976, when the deadly viral disease was first identified by a Belgian-led team.

They also urged the Minister of Health, Prof. It also urged the Minister of Interior, Lt. -Gen.

Tinubu, in the motion titled, "Ebola Virus Disease Outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Need to Take Precautionary Measures", recalled that an infected immigrant, Mr. Patrick Sawyer, who arrived in Nigeria in July 23, 2014, was notable for being the index case for the introduction of Ebola virus into Nigeria.

The WHO is anxious about the disease reaching the city of Mbandaka with a population of about 1 million people, which would make the outbreak far harder to tackle.

The Senate urged Nigerians who travel to other African countries "to ensure the utmost level of care to avoid getting infected".

In our experience, for each confirmed case of Ebola there are about 100-150 contacts and contacts of contacts eligible for vaccination.

During his visit to Kinshasa last Saturday, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General of the World Health Organization, met with the President of the DRC, Jospeh Kabila who officially authorized the use of this vaccine against the Ebola virus in his country.

"The Senate is further reminded that DRC is 445 kilometres by air from Abuja, is easily accessible via a flight from Lagos that takes less than three hours".

In an additional prayer by Chief Whip, Olusola Adeyeye, the Senate called for a quick resolution of the ongoing crisis in the health sector.

The 4 000 doses will be sent to the remote northwest where two confirmed Ebola cases, 20 probable ones and 20 suspected ones have been reported, spokesperson Jessica Ilunga said.

"The Senate is anxious that unless we prepare our hospitals, properly equipped with the Ebola vaccine where necessary, this is an epidemic we might be unable to take up and will only cause untold hardship".

"Over the weekend, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) reported seven more suspected cases of Ebola, raising the totals from April 4 through May 13 to 39 confirmed, suspected, and probable cases, including 19 deaths, for a case-fatality rate of 49 percent".