The House of Representatives on Tuesday summoned the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, following the confirmation of the National Centre for Disease Control confirmed that 31 cases of monkeypox in the country.
Recall that the National Coordinator/Chief Executive Officer of the agency, Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, had disclosed that Monkeypox had spread to seven states – Bayelsa, Rivers, Ekiti, Akwa Ibom, Ogun, River and Lagos.
The House, presided over by the Speaker, Mr. Yakubu Dogara, on Tuesday was alarmed that the disease was spreading while it appeared that the Federal Ministry of Health was helpless without relying on the World Health Organisation.
Rep Diri Douye, from Bayelsa, had raised the issue under matters of urgent national importance, praying that the minister should be summoned.
The prayer got unanimous voice vote.
Lawmakers could not understand how a big country like Nigeria did not have a laboratory to respond to the health emergency without first sending specimen to Dakar, Senegal for confirmtion
“The House is concerned by the shocking admission of Adewole that Monkeypox could not be confirmed in Nigeria until laboratory investigations by the WHO and referral to Dakar, Senegal.”