Ebola: Senate Asks FG To Strengthen Port Health Services

The Nigerian Senate has urged the Executive Arm of government to strengthen Port Health Services in all entry ports across the nation to check the … Continue reading Ebola: Senate Asks FG To Strengthen Port Health Services


Nigerian Senate

SenateThe Nigerian Senate has urged the Executive Arm of government to strengthen Port Health Services in all entry ports across the nation to check the spread of Ebola to Nigeria.

At a plenary held on Wednesday just as the Senate resumed from recess, the Senate arrived at this resolution after debating a motion on the Ebola Virus Disease in Nigeria sponsored by 180 senators.

The Senate is also urging the African Union and the Economic Community Of West African States to create a regional and continental containment programme to curb the spread of the disease.

While commending the efforts of the President and State governments, most of the lawmakers urged the Federal Government to immortalise the heroes and heroines, especially Dr. Ameyo Adadevoh, who lost their lives in their service to their fatherland and humanity.

Dr. Adadevoh died days after treating the first Ebola patient at a Specialist Hospital in Lagos.

Mr Patrick Sawyer, a Liberian-American man, who brought Ebola to Nigeria in July died on July 25. After his death, some six other persons that had primary and secondary contacts with him also lost their lives to the disease.

Nigeria had contained the Ebola Virus Disease but the Minister of Health, Professor Onyebuchi Chukwu, had stressed the need for all Nigerians to practice good health hygiene as the presence of the virus in other West African countries poses health risk on Nigeria.

But the Senate’s demand for improved health services in entry ports is aimed at forestalling the possibility of an Ebola patient coming into Nigeria again.