Ebola virus may be coming to Nigeria again if no urgent action is taken to nip the threat now. Members of the House of Representatives gave this warning yesterday declaring that urgent measures should be put in place to avert the impending danger. The lawmakers came to this resolution during a plenary session on November 5th, 2019.
Representatives at the house debated on two related motions on the Ebola criss. The first on the need to put adequate measures regarding the “looming reoccurrence” of the Ebola crisis in Nigeria while the second was on the need to honour late Dr. Stella Adadevoh who is wide adjudged the hero of the last crisis. Representatives lamented that the federal government is not doing enough to prevent another outbreak of the deadly viral disease which is currently ravaging the Democratic Republic of Congo. Lawmakers while contributing to the debate expressed fear that Nigeria is very close to Congo and if measures are not put in place, the virus might find its way back into Nigeria.
Rep. Paschal Obi who is the chairman of the house committee on health institutions sponsored the first motion saying that although relevant agencies stepped up to stop the spread of the virus in 2018, little or nothing is being done now.
“The house is worried that given the proximity of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to Nigeria and other West Africa countries, if necessary, measures are not put in place to prevent the reoccurrence of the pandemic in a densely populated country like Nigeria, the impact may worsen and become difficult to curb.
“The house is also worried that aside the airport route which gave access to the initial outbreak of Ebola in Nigeria, there are other routes such as seaports and land borders which enables entry into Nigeria, hence, the need for precautionary measures to be extended to the seaports and land borders.” the Cable quotes him as saying
Recall that in 2014, Nigeria suffered an epidemic of the disease after a Liberian, Patrick Sawyerr, came into the country with the disease.