The Ebola virus was first identified in 1976 when 2 simultaneous outbreaks occurred, 1 in Yambuku, a village not far from the Ebola River in the Democratic Republic of Congo and the other in a remote area of Sudan.
This would mean that when a new Ebola case is diagnosed, all people who might have been in recent contact with them are traced and vaccinated to try and prevent the disease's spread.
The resolution of the upper legislative chamber was sequel to a motion sponsored by Oluremi Tinubu, senator representing Lagos central.
Mrs Tinubu flashed back to the 2014 situation where a carrier immigrant from Liberia transferred the disease to Nigeria.More news: Shining Sonam Kapoor At Cannes
"The Senate is be reminded that the tide was stemmed by quick response of the Nigerian government vid declaration of emergency, collaboration of federal and states Ministries of Health, use of incidence management approach, identification and follow up contacts".
Punch reports that 4,000 doses of Ebola vaccine would be sent to DRC by World Health Organization in the nearest furture.
Congo had registered 52 total suspected cases, including two that have been confirmed, the World Health Organization (WHO) spokesman in Congo, Eugene Kabambi told Reuters. The DRC, 445 kilometres by air from Abuja, is easily accessible via a flight from Lagos that takes less than three hours.
The lawmaker said that unless hospitals were prepared properly and equipped with Ebola vaccines, it would be an epidemic Nigeria might be unable to take on.More news: Nokia X6: What we know so far
The Senate has resolved to intervene in the current crisis between the Federal Government and workers in the health sector, warning that the ongoing industrial action by health personnel will worsen if Nigeria should experience an Ebola outbreak.
"The Senate is further anxious that if we do nothing, given our population, we may well be on our way to creating a global situation".
Health officials could begin administering the vaccine by the end of this week.More news: European Union data protection may trigger global ripple effect