19 dead, 39 infected in Congo Ebola outbreak

WHO preparing for the worst in DR Congo Ebola outbreak

WHO preparing for the worst in DR Congo Ebola outbreak

Tinubu recalled that an infected immigrant, Mr Patrick Sawyer, who arrived Nigeria in July 23, 2014 was notable for been the index case for the Ebola virus into Nigeria.

Of the 20 people who died in the DRC, three are health workers, said the director, adding that the outbreak has also occurred in a remote part of the country, challenging deployment of health workers and the necessary supplies, which has made the situation a big concern.

The Africa Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) has underlined efforts to mitigate the Ebola epidemic in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (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.

Tinubu, who doubles as Chairman, Senate Committee on Environment, said the tide, as at then, was stemmed by quick response of the government.

"In spite of quick measures taken, the epidemic claimed eight lives including those of medical personnel who put their lives at risk to contain the disease".

"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".

"The Senate also notes the report of World Health Organization stating that Nigeria and other African countries are at modest risk of spread".

"The Senate is anxious that unless we prepare our hospitals properly equipped with the ebola vaccine where necessary, this is an epidemic we might be unable to take up and will only cause untold hardship".

It said the industrial action has affected the health sector across the country.

"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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