The House of Representatives, has summoned the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, over the outbreak of monkey pox in the country.

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The House of Representatives, has summoned the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, over the outbreak of monkey pox in the country.

The House took the decision in Abuja just as the National Centre for Disease Control confirmed that 31 cases of the disease had been recorded in the country.

The National Coordinator/Chief Executive Officer of the agency, Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, had disclosed that monkey pox cases had been reported in seven states.

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

At its plenary in Abuja on tuesday, presided over by the Speaker, Yakubu Dogara, the House was alarmed that the disease was spreading while it appeared that the Federal Ministry of Health was helpless without relying on the World Health Organization.

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

The prayer was immediately passed in a unanimous voice vote.

Lawmakers expressed concern that a country, as big as Nigeria, did not have a laboratory to respond to the health emergency without first sending specimen to Dakar, Senegal, for investigations.

They were also shocked that Adewole admitted that Nigeria was helpless.
By TONY

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