Ebola: Be on alert, Senate tells FG, seeks end to JOHESU strike

Congo's health ministry says doses of Ebola vaccine arrive

19 dead, 39 infected in Congo Ebola outbreak: WHO

Part of the resolutions was to urge two ministers to be pro-active in preventing an outbreak of the disease already ravaging the East African country of Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

While for many of us Ebola seems like a distant memory, there are still many persons who suffer from it. Pinnick said the necessary precautions and screenings will be carried out on the DRC contingent, which incidentally will be dominated by players who play their football overseas.

Ilunga, who disclosed that the introduction of Vaccination by the government was an option open to curtail the epidemic, added that all people with confirmed or suspected EVD would be moved to the Ebola treatment centres as soon as the facilities were ready.

Congo confirmed its latest Ebola epidemic, the ninth since the disease was first recorded in the central African nation in 1976, on May 8, when two patients suspected of carrying the virus tested positive.

According to the World Health Organisation on Monday, a total of 39 Ebola virus disease cases had been reported in DRC from April 4 through May 13, including 19 deaths.

A total of 250,000 US 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 outbreak is centered around the remote town of Bikoro in the province of Equateur, while samples have been taken from two suspected cases in Mbandaka, the provincial capital that's home to about 1 million residents.

Congo's health minister on Thursday announced the first death since the outbreak was declared early this week, though the hemorrhagic fever blamed for the death has not been confirmed as Ebola.

"In 2014, you remember that the World Health Organization and other agencies were criticized for being "staggeringly slow" to respond", Patta said. The Senate is further reminded that the DRC is 435 kilometres by air from Abuja and is easily accessible via a flight from Lagos that takes less than three hours. "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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