There were indications that another Ebola outbreak may occur in Nigeria if measures are not quickly and properly out in place as disclosed by members of the House of Representatives.
This disclosure was made by the members of the House of Representatives during their plenary on November 5th where they had two debates primarily linked to the Ebola crisis in the country.
It was gathered that the lawmakers debated on two motions and they are; the need to put adequate measures regarding the “looming reoccurrence” of the Ebola crisis in Nigeria and secondly, on the need to honor late Stella Adadevoh.
While debating the motions on the floor of the house, the lawmakers agreed 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.
According to the lawmakers, Nigeria is close to Congo and if measures are not put in place, the virus might find its way back into Nigeria.
The Chairman of the house on health institutions committee, Paschal Obi who sponsored the first motion disclosed 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 Sawyer came into the country with the disease.
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