Senate asks Adewole to get emergency vaccines for Ebola

  • Senate asks Adewole to get emergency vaccines for Ebola

Senate asks Adewole to get emergency vaccines for Ebola

The Ebola virus is highly contagious and causes a range of symptoms including fever, vomiting, diarrhea, generalized pain or malaise and in many cases internal and external bleeding.

This is the DRC's ninth EVD outbreak since the virus was discovered in the country in 1976.

To forestall an outbreak in Nigeria, as experienced in Nigeria in 2014, Oluremi Tinubu (Lagos-APC) presented a motion on the issue on Tuesday.

The United Nations High Commissioner of Refugees said the screening is a precautionary measure following reports of confirmed cases in Bikoro Health Zone, Equateur province of Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

Tinubu who is Chairman, Senate Committee on Environment said the tide, as at then, was stemmed by quick response of the government.

"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".

"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".

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

The senator said if nothing is done given the country's population "we may well be on our way to creating a global situation".

"Majority of the cases are in the health zone of Bikoro; others are reported in the health zones of Iboko and Wangata". "Because of the possibility of such a crisis, we must urge an immediate intervention in this long-lasting industrial action so that we can have the workers, God forbid, to attend to whatever health problem may arise in our Republic".