House advocates measures to avert Ebola


Lawan Hamidu, Abuja.

The House of Representatives has urged the relevant agencies in the health sector to take precautionary measures to avert the re-occurrence of Ebola disease in Nigeria.

This followed a motion unanimously adopted on the urgent need to take precautionary measures against the looming re-occurrence of Ebola crisis in Nigeria.

Mr. Paschal Chigozie from Imo State said the recent outbreak of the virus in the Democratic Republic of Congo in March 2019 necessitated the need for precautionary measures to be taken in view of the proximity of the country with Nigeria.

“Worried that given the given the proximity of the Democratic Republic of Congo to Nigeria and other West African Countries, if not necessary measures are not put in place to prevent the re-occurrence of the pandemic in a densely populated country like Nigeria, the impact may worsen and become difficult to curb.” Mr. Chigozie stressed.

While commending the government for its effort in tackling the Ebola Outbreak in 2014, the lawmakers stressed the need for measures being taken at the nation’s entry points through the deployment of necessary materials and personnel.

Immortalise Ebola victims 
In another motion unanimously adopted on the need to immortalise Dr. Stella Ameyo Adadevoh, a physician who risked her life in a bid to curb the spread of Ebola Virus in Nigeria in 2014, the House urged the executive arm to assess and certify the country’s emergency preparedness against un-expected epidemic.

The House also commended Dr. Adadevoh’s and other eleven health workers’ bravery, professionalism and patriotism that caused hem paid the supreme sacrifice said recognising their heroic acts would encourage other Nigerians especially medical and health practitioners to embrace patriotism.

“The House resolve to urge the President to recognize the heroic acts of patriotism of Dr. Adadevoh and her medical team and confer on them a befitting Posthumous National Honor.”   Mr. Akiolu Moshood Kayode, sponsor of the motion stressed.

Dr. Adadevoh in 2014, placed a Liberian-American Diplomat, Mr. Patrick Sawyer on quarantine after suspecting of having Ebola Virus, following his collapse at the Murtala Muhammad International Airport, Lagos on his arrival.

She withstands threats and diplomatic pressures to release Mr. Sawyer, who was to attend ECOWAS conference in Calabar, Southern Nigeria.

Lateefah Ibrahim