EBOLA ALERT! Why Govt Need To Listen To Health Workers
The return of Ebola to Africa is a signal for Nigeria to take adequate precaution lest it plunges into chaos.
With health workers on strike across the country, there is need for the government to wake up.
The Senate is concerned and they could only plead with the Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU) to call off the over three weeks strike.
The Senate’s resolution was sequel to a motion on “Ebola Virus Disease Outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Need to Take Precautionary Measures” by Sen. Oluremi Tinubu (APC-Lagos) during plenary.
The union had on April 18 embarked on industrial action due to the “insensitivity and lackadaisical attitude of drivers of the health sector’’.
Asides begging health workers, the Senate further urged the Minister of Health to ensure alertness to combat whatever cases that might arise and get Ebola vaccines ready.
The upper chamber also urged the Minister of Interior to take necessary steps to check immigration.
Tinubu recalled that an infected immigrant, Patrick Sawyer who arrived Nigeria in July 23, 2014 was the index case for the introduction of Ebola virus into Nigeria.
Tinubu, who is Chairman, Senate Committee on Environment said the tide, as at then, was stemmed by quick response of the government.
Recent reports by the WHO, showed that the disease was back in neighboring Congo with 19 deaths and 39 infected cases recorded so far.
“The WHO states that Nigeria and other African countries are at risk of spread,” she said.
On his part, Sen. Victor Umeh (APGA-Anambra) noted that “...prevention of the disease is better than cure.
“We must ensure that Nigeria is not taken unawares again. We should be on the alert,” he said.
In his remarks, Senate President Bukola Saraki, said medical and government officials must ensure adequate steps are taken to forestall any recurrence.
WATCH: See how hawkers earn more than some bankers [#OverTheBottles]