House Of Reps, Stakeholders Meet Over Ebola Outbreak

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Updated August 16, 2014
Uche Ekwunife said the Environment Ministry would be empowered to perform better.

West Africa is experiencing the worst Ebola outbreak in history, a situation the World Health Organization says is “a public health emergency of international concern”.

In Nigeria, President Goodluck Jonathan has declared a national emergency on the control and containment of the Ebola Virus Disease and had approved an intervention fund of 1.9 billion Naira.

So far, four people have died from the virus and 10 people have been confirmed with the Ebola Virus Disease.

In the second week of August, the House of Representatives Committee on Environment had a meeting with some government agencies to brainstorm on actions to curb the spread of the disease, which has claimed four lives so far in Nigeria, with over 150 under surveillance.

It started in Lagos and it was brought in by a Liberian-American man, Patrick Sawyer, who died on July 25.

The chairman of the committee, Honourable Uche Ekwunife, said that the perception that it needs only curative care might be counter productive if not addressed.

“The environment sector has a big role in the control of the Ebola virus.

“We will ensure that the ministry of environment is empower to go from church to church , market to market and from community to community to ensure that adequate awareness information is giving to the public about the disease,” she said.