First doses of experimental Ebola vaccine arrive in DR Congo

First doses of experimental Ebola vaccine arrive in DR Congo

Isaac Adewole, to ensure alertness to combat whatever cases that might arise and get Ebola vaccines ready for any emergency situation.

Meanwhile, Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, yesterday said the failure of President Muhammadu Buhari to address the industrial action embarked upon by health workers across the country was a clear manifestation of insensitivity to the plight and suffering of Nigerians. These were sequel to a motion moved to that effect by Senator Oluremi Tinubu (APC, Lagos Central).

The lawmakers resolved to urge the Minister of Interior, Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau (retd.), "to take necessary steps to check immigration". Specifically, it charged the Minister of Health, Prof.

So far, 19 people have died of Ebola in DRC.

While it is too early to determine the extent of this Ebola outbreak, the alarming fatality rate has heaped pressure on health officials to act quickly in order to prevent the disease spreading beyond its current 60-kilometre radius.

In our experience, for each confirmed case of Ebola there are about 100-150 contacts and contacts of contacts eligible for vaccination. Also, James Manager (PDP Delta South) described the motion as "a wake-up call" for everybody in the country on the virus in particular, and for the government to be at alert, noting that "Ebola is a unsafe disease that had ravaged Nigeria in the past whereby it killed some people".

The first batch of 4,000 doses of vaccine was already being flown to Kinshasa, and the World Health Organization plans to send a second batch of 4,000 doses in coming days, World Health Organization spokesman Tarik Jasarevic said.

In an additional prayer by Chief Whip, Olusola Adeyeye, the Senate called for a quick resolution of the ongoing crisis in the health sector.

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 Senate is further anxious that if we do nothing, given our population, we may well be on our way to creating a global situation".