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Published On: Thu, Sep 18th, 2014

Ebola: Senate wants Adadevoh, others immortalized

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Ebola-VirusBy Ali Abare and Ikechukwu Okaforadi

The Senate has urged the Federal Government to immortalise late Dr Stella Ameyo Adadevoh and others, who fell victim of the Ebola virus, while trying to prevent the infected Liberian Doctor, Patrick Sawyer, from spreading the disease to the larger society.

This is even as the upper chamber directed managements of both public and private schools at all levels to put in place precautionary measures to forestall possible spring up of the deadly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in their schools.

These were part of the resolutions they arrived at after their debate on the motion sponsored by Ifeanyi Okowa and all the senators, which has the title “The Ebola Virus Disease in Nigeria”.

The Senate also commended President Jonathan for providing leadership and prompt response in tackling the spread of Ebola, even as it urged the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and African Union (AU) to create regional and continental wide containment measures and programmes in taming and preventing the virus.

In the motion, the senators expressed concern that the Ebola Virus Disease outbreak in Liberia, where the late Patrick Sawyer imported it into Nigeria in July, is still on the rise with several hundreds of cases in the last three weeks, and that as long the situation stays as it is in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, Nigeria is at high risk.

After an extensive debate on the motion, the Senate President, David Mark, in his remarks said the way Nigerians rose up against the possible spread of the virus shows that collectively, Nigerians can surmount any challenge confronting it, be it Boko Haram or corruption.

“Environmental sanitation is very important, personal hygiene is very crucial and communities must get together whether they are schools or colleges or universities or small communities and be able to organize themselves in such a way that with little assistance from government, they can avoid the spread the Ebola epidemic and indeed any other epidemic”, Mark said.

Other senators who spoke, including Ayogu Eze, Uche Chukwumerije, Helen Esuene, Atai Idoko, among others, called on the federal government and Nigerians at large to show same commitment and unity of purpose as in the case of Ebola, to other challenges like terrorism, corruption and unemployment which are currently killing Nigeria.

Meanwhile, leading debate on the motion, Okowa had pointed out that the Ebola virus has been largely contained in Nigeria, even though he emphasised the need to new entries of the infection into Nigeria.


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