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Reported Ebola Cases Hits 42 In Congo - Ministry

Reported Ebola Cases Hits 42 In Congo - Ministry

A total of 250,000 USA dollars has been set aside for outbreak response activities by the Africa CDC, and member countries have been pledging support by contributing health workers.

The upper chamber also urged the Minister of Interior to take necessary steps to check immigration.

"Over the weekend, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) reported seven more suspected cases of Ebola, raising the totals from April 4 through May 13 to 39 confirmed, suspected, and probable cases, including 19 deaths, for a case-fatality rate of 49 percent".

This is the ninth Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak in Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) since the discovery of the virus in 1976; DRC has experience in responding to such outbreaks.

"Such aloofness by the government is directly responsible for the escalation of killings and bloodletting in Benue, Taraba, Adamawa, Plateau, Kogi, Zamfara, Borno, Yobe, Kaduna states and others parts of the country, where marauders and insurgents are pillaging our citizens as if overlooking the plight of Nigerians has become a state policy".

While the risk of the latest outbreak spreading into other countries is low, nine nearby countries have been put on high alert, Salama said.




"The Senate is disturbed that recent reports by media outlets and the World Health Organisation show that the disease is back in the neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo with 19 dead and 39 infected recorded so far".

"The Senate is further reminded that DRC is 445 kilometres by air from Abuja, is easily accessible via a flight from Lagos that takes less than three hours".

The 4 000 doses will be sent to the remote northwest where two confirmed Ebola cases, 20 probable ones and 20 suspected ones have been reported, spokesperson Jessica Ilunga said.

According to her, unless hospitals are prepared properly and equipped with Ebola vaccines, it will be an epidemic Nigeria may be unable to take on.

The Chief Whip, Senator Sola Adeyeye, however, pointed out that the disease, if spread to Nigeria, might have a devastating effect as workers in the country's public health institutions were on strike. "The Senate is further anxious that if we do nothing, given our population, we may well be on our way to creating a global situation".


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