The Senate passed yesterday the Public Health Bill, seeking to establish a public health system which would ensure quarantine, isolation, and emergency health procedures.
The bill scaled the third reading after clause by clause consideration by the upper chamber.
Observers said the passage of the bill came handy, following the outbreak of the deadly Ebola Virus Disease, which ravaged parts of the country.
One of the bill’s objective is to develop a comprehensive plan to provide a coordinated response in the event of a public health emergency which will help with early detection of a health emergency, thus allowing the immediate investigation of the emergency.
The bill further aims to grant federal and state officials the authority to use an appropriate property as necessary for the case, treatment, vaccination and housing of patients and to destroy contaminated facilities or materials.
It is also “to grant state and local officials the authority to provide care, treatment and vaccination to persons who are ill or who have been exposed to contagious disease and to separate affected individuals from the population at large to interrupt disease transmission.”
Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu, who presided over yesterday’s plenary, said: “Now that the Ebola disease has been contained, it is good to put this legislative law into place for future.”
He noted that “with the law in place, the authorities will address any menace in future, especially now that they have been equipped and backed by law.”