Members of the lower chamber of the National Assembly have said that, if measures are not quickly taken, Nigeria may suffer another Ebola crisis. The lawmakers made this observation during plenary on Tuesday.
The lawmakers who lamented on this were debating on two motions, firstly, on the need to put adequate measures regarding the “looming reoccurrence” of the Ebola crisis in Nigeria, and also on the need to honour late Stella Adadevoh, said the federal government is not doing enough to prevent another outbreak of the deadly viral disease which according to them is currently ravaging the Democratic Republic of Congo. According to the members of the House of Representatives, they are of the opinion that Nigeria is close to Congo and if measures are not put in place, the virus might find its way back into the country.
The chairman of the house committee on health institutions , Pashcal Obi, who sponsored the first motion, said in ad much as 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.” He was quoted as saying by the Cables.
It could be recalled that in 2014, Nigeria suffered a big blow from an epidemic of the disease after a Liberian, Patrick Sawyerr, came into the country with the disease which resulted to the death of Stella Adedevo and few others. Nevertheless, the efforts put in place by the Nigerian government to fight the disease with absolute support from Lagos State government was commended by health stakeholders all over the world.