House Committee Recommends Sanitation And Hygiene To Curb Ebola

The Ministry of Environment at the instance of the House of Representatives Committee on Environment has declared a national emergency on sanitation and hygiene, as part of measures to curb the spread of Ebola virus.

This was the aftermath of an environmental intervention meeting convened by the Committee on Environment to brainstorm with relevant authorities on appropriate actions to curb the spread of the Ebola disease in Nigeria.

Key among the issues raised were the need to tackle the root cause of the spread, reduce animals to human contact in Nigeria and widespread enlightenment on sanitation and hygiene.

The Chairman of the House Committee on Environment, Uche Ekwunife, said that the Ebola disease was environment related and Nigeria’s concentration on curative care instead of prevention might be counter-productive.

She charged environmental health officers to carry out fumigation of public places nationwide to reduce the habitation of bats and other pests.

Officers from the environmental health council and the national park took it a step further by asking for immediate review of  waste disposal system and testing of host animals, such as bats, to ensure Nigerian communities were safe.

Other recommendations made by the health officials were the control of avoidable public crowd, public enlightenment to stop Nigerians from the culture of visiting sick relatives or lying in state at burials when the cause of death is not certain and the reduction of the population of bats in Nigeria.

Lawmaker challenges states and local govt on erosion

States and local governments in Nigeria have been advised to apply ecological funds to judiciously address the ecological challenges such as erosion in their areas.

The chairman of the house committee on environment, Honorable Uche Ekwunife, said this after the committee inspected some projects in Abia and Ondo states.

The lawmaker noted that state and local governments should not be depending on the federal government to address problems in their area.

Increasingly, more areas in the country are being confronted by series of ecological problems that the ecological fund was set up by the federal government to address.

How well these problems are being addressed is question federal lawmakers sought to answer when they inspected erosion control projects in some states in the country.

After the inspection, the lawmakers were clear that states and local governments have to do more to address the problem.

This was the position the lawmaker also put forward when the delegation met with the deputy governor of Abia state.

The deputy governor of Abia state, Emeka Ananaba assured the committee that the state is ready to do whatever is necessary to address the challenges.

The committee is to come up with a report from this inspection visit that will help the three tiers of government work together to address ecological challenges facing the country.