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Published On: Wed, Jul 2nd, 2014

Reps caution FG over spread of deadly Ebola virus

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House of Representatives reps logoThe House of Representatives has urged the Federal Government to take proactive measures in the country to avert the spread of the deadly Ebola disease into Nigeria.

In a motion under matters of national importance read by Rep Kingsley Chinda, (PDP, Rivers), noted that the cause of Ebola has been traced to unsafe burial practices in West Africa.

Chinda argued that “it will be most appropriate if we start putting measures in place to avoid the most dreaded disease in the world from entering our country since it has ravaged Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone Mali Ivory coast and others”.

“Since 2009 more than 400,000 West Africans had lost their lives to this deadly disease that is transmissible through blood contact, fluids, tissues of infected persons and high risk monkeys signs of infection are vomiting, diarrhea and high fever”.

He explained further that “World Health Organisation, WHO had repeatedly warned other African countries to do everything to avoid the disease from spreading into their countries.

“I urge all our relevant committees to quickly look into this matter to ensure that preventive measures were taken to avoid it from entering Nigeria”.

Rep. Friday Itulah, (PDP Edo), while opposing the motion argued that the motion was in bad light because when Ebola broke out, the federal government did put preventive measures in place”.

He explained that the impression this motion is creating is that the federal government is not doing its work and we are aware that government has done well in the right direction. “

“Our committees particularly that of health are aware of government landmarks in this area”, he further stated.

The House mandated the committees on Health and Disaster Preparedness to immediately start legislative work on the prevention of the dreaded disease.


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