Monkey Pox: Health Minister To Brief Reps
The number of persons that have contracted the Monkey Pox disease has increased and more states are reporting suspected cases.
Lawmakers at the House of Representatives wants the Minister of Health's explanation and they have sent an invitation to him.
They want Professor Isaac Adewole to explain the measures taken by the Federal Government to tackle the outbreak and spread of the disease.
The invitation followed a motion moved under matters of privilege by Diri Douye from Bayelsa State where the disease was first reported.
Douye had expressed concern over the spread of the disease to other states in spite of concerted efforts by the Bayelsa State Government since its outbreak in Yenagoa.
He expressed worry that the outbreak of the disease is terrifying citizens since the first case was diagnosed involving an 11-year-old male patient on September 22.
Douye said that 14 suspected cases were now at different stages of recovery, with 55 close contacts identified and being monitored as at October 7.
The lawmaker urged the lower chamber to call on the Executive arm to provide funds and logistics to the state government to reach out to water-logged communities being threatened by the disease.
He further urged the House to commend Governor Seriake Dickson for paying attention to the welfare of victims.
The motion was unanimously adopted by members when it was put to a voice vote by the Speaker, Yakubu Dogara.
Dogara, however, referred the matter to the House Committee on Health to investigate and report back within 2 weeks.