House representatives warned against a new Ebola crisis in Nigeria if the measures are not taken quickly.
Legislators said the federal government did not do enough to prevent other deadly viral diseases that are currently destroying the Democratic Republic of the Congo
The lawmakers said this while debating on two motions during Tuesday plenary, the first on the need to put adequate measures regarding the “looming reoccurrence” of the Ebola crisis in Nigeria, and secondly, on the need to honour late Stella Adadevoh
According to the lawmakers, Nigeria is close to Congo and if measures were not put in place, the virus might find its way back into Nigeria.
Paschal Obi, chairman of the house committee on health institutions who sponsored the first motion, said although relevant agencies stepped up to stop the spread of the virus in 2018, little or nothing is being done now.
He said: “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 there are other routes besides the airport route which will allow access to the original Ebola outbreak in Nigeria, such as: to the seaport and the land border. ”
We recall that Nigeria suffered an Ebola outbreak in 2014 after Liberian, Patrick Sawyerr, entered the country with the disease.