Members of the National Assembly today took precautionary measures over spread of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in the country, as many of them refused handshakes, during a public hearing on the disease in Abuja.
The Lawmakers displayed the use of hand sterilizers among other preventive measures to protect themselves.
The session which was chaired by Chairman House Committee on Health Hon. Ndidi Elumelu, was also attended by Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu, the Health Minister, according to reports from Vanguard.
The Health Minister disclosed today that a nurse who was among the medical personnel that attended to the late Liberian-American, Patrick Sawyer, who died of Ebola virus in Lagos on July 25, has died of the same disease.
“Nigeria has now recorded 7 confirmed cases of Ebola Virus Disease (EVB)” health minister Onyebuchi Chukwu said.
Those who have died include the “index patient,” a Liberian who brought the virus to Lagos on July 20, and a nurse who treated him, the minister added. “All the Nigerians diagnosed with EBV were primary contacts” of Patrick Sawyer, who worked for Liberia’s finance ministry and contracted the virus from his sister, Chukwu said.