Reps raise alarm over Ebola outbreak, urge FG to take precautionary measures

The House of Representatives on Tuesday tasked Federal Government to undertake precautionary measures at all the nation’s airports, seaports and land borders to curb the reoccurrence of Ebola disease in the country.

The resolution was passed sequel to the adoption of a motion sponsored by Hon. Paschal Chigozie Obi who raised the alarm on the recent outbreak of Ebola Virus in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in March 2019 where over 1,000 cases of Ebola infections were reported.

In the lead debate, Hon. Obi who expressed concern over the spread of Ebola from Guinea, Sierra-Leone, Liberia to Nigeria, when a Liberian, Mr. Patrick Sawyer, arrived Lagos by an airplane and infected many Nigerians, including doctors and nurses, harped on the need for Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) to curtail the menace of Ebola, ranging from issuing an alert to Airline Operators directing them to ensure a high level of vigilance and ensure that proper checks were carried out on passengers and other relevant measures such as providing sanitizers and clinical equipment, where necessary.

According to him, “World Health Organisation (WHO) on August 8, 2019, took a conscious step to sensitize the public by declaring Ebola outbreak a public health emergency of international concern and also raising alarm on the need for nations to take preventive actions against the possible further outbreak of Ebola virus.

In the bid to curb the outbreak of the deadly disease in the country, the House urged Federal Ministry of Health to deploy necessary materials and personnel at the airports, seaports and land borders for carrying out screening exercise on passengers.

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