World Health Organization gets approval to use Ebola vaccine in Democratic Republic of Congo

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Isaac Adewole, "to ensure alertness to combat whatever cases that may arise and get the Ebola vaccine ready for an emergency".

Following the World Health Organisation's declaration that Nigeria and other African countries are at risk of Ebola virus outbreak, the Senate, yesterday, urged the Joint Health Sector Union to call off its over three weeks' strike to "enable Nigeria be on the alert". It also urged the Minister of Interior, Lt. -Gen.

"While we plead with the health workers to be open to ways to solve the problem, we charge Nigerians to support one another and adhere to all health etiquettes to forestall an outbreak of epidemic and health crisis".

Despite the fact that the outbreak is in a remote area, the proximity to the Congo River increases the risk that the virus will spread to neighbouring regions and countries.

The WHO is anxious about the disease reaching the city of Mbandaka with a population of about 1 million people, which would make the outbreak far harder to tackle.

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Thousands of doses of the experimental Ebola vaccine have arrived in Democratic Republic of Congo's capital amid the latest outbreak of the deadly disease, the health ministry said on Wednesday. With varying symptoms ranging from fever to diarrhoea, there were a total of 869 contacts and 20 laboratory confirmed cases were recorded.

"We have agreement, registration, plus import permit, everything formally agreed already", Tedros told reporters. 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 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.

"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".

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