Monkeypox: Reps Express Worry Over Minister’s Comment

Monkeypox: Reps Express Worry Over Minister’s Comment

The House of Representatives has expressed shock over the comment of the Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole that Nigeria is helpless about the spread of Monkeypox.


At the plenary on Tuesday, presided over by Speaker Yakubu Dogara, the lawmakers resolved to summon the minister over the Monkeypox outbreak.


Earlier on Tuesday, the National Centre for Disease Control confirmed 31 cases of monkeypox in seven states of Nigeria.


The states include Rivers, Bayelsa, Akwa Ibom, Ekiti, Ogun and Lagos.


A lawmaker from Bayelsa State, Mr Diri Douye, raised the issue under matters of urgent national importance, praying that the minister should be summoned.

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The lawmakers passed the motion unanimously as they expressed concern that a country, as big as Nigeria had no laboratory to carry out a test on monkeypox.


Adewole said last week that until the results of the samples taken to WHO laboratory in Dakar, Senegal, for investigations are returned, Nigerian Government could not confirm the disease.


The house resolved to summon the minister to come and explain why a country as big as Nigeria lacks the laboratory to investigate monkeypox and other related virus infection.

The house also wants to know the measure the ministry of health has taken so far to stop the spread of the virus infection.

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