Deadly virus Parliament summons Health Minister over Ebola vaccine trial

Members of Parliament has called on the Minister of Health to appear before the House to answer questions on the Ebola vaccine trial.

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The Speaker of Parliament, Mr. Edward Doe Adjaho has tasked the Business Committee of the House to request the Minister of Health to brief the House on an Ebola vaccine trial next Tuesday.

The vaccine trial was intended to be carried out in the Hohoe Municipality in the Volta Region by the authorities of the University of Health and Allied Sciences in Ho, the regional capital.

Meanwhile the Ministry of Health has ordered the suspension of the trial. Read more Health Minister suspends Ebola vaccine trial

He gave the directive following concern expressed by members about the manner in which the trial was being handled without adequate information and sensitisation of the public.

In a statement on the exercise, the member for Ho West, Mr. Emmanuel Bedzrah, had on behalf of the Volta Regional caucus told the House that the caucus had noted that the acting Dean of the university had issued an invitation through a letter to the paramount chiefs and queenmothers within the Hohoe Municipality informing them about the phase 1 Ebola Vaccine trial in the municipality.

Members of the House who commented on the statement added their voice to the sentiments expressed by the members of the caucus and impressed upon the Speaker to request the Minister of Health to brief the House on the Ebola vaccine trial.

They are the Second Deputy Speaker and member for Essikadu/Ketan, Mr. Joe Ghartey; Ms Laadi Ayii Ayamba (Pusiga); Mr. Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, the Deputy Minister for Education and member for North Tongu; Papa Owusu-Ankomah (Sekondi); Gershon Kofi Bediako Gbediame (Nkwanta South); Mr. Dominic Bingab Aduna Nitiwul, the Deputy Minority Leader and member for Bimbilla; and Majority Chief Whip and member for Asawase, Alhaji Mohammed-Mubarak Muntaka.

Mr. Bedzrah said the Volta Regional executive of the National Democratic Congress had also issued a statement in respect of the same trial and had called for its suspension or at best its total stoppage.

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