Obama Seeks More Zika Funding

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Obama pushes for more Zika funding….reports Asian Lite News

 A worker fumigates a street to prevent the spread of the disease-carrying Aedes mosquitoes at a slum area in Paranaque City, the Philippines, Feb. 2, 2016. The Philippine Department of Health (DOH) said that the Philippines remains free of the Zika virus but they are on a heightened surveillance on the virus, adding that there are available laboratory tests to confirm the dreaded disease.
A worker fumigates a street to prevent the spread of the disease-carrying Aedes mosquitoes at a slum area in Paranaque City, the Philippines, Feb. 2, 2016. The Philippine Department of Health (DOH) said that the Philippines remains free of the Zika virus but they are on a heightened surveillance on the virus, adding that there are available laboratory tests to confirm the dreaded disease.

US President Barack Obama has urged Congress to pass a bill with “sufficient funds” to combat Zika, adding that his request for $1.9 billion is based on health experts’ estimates of the resources needed.

Obama on Friday received the country’s top public safety authorities to help frame government action against the virus, EFE news repoorted.

The evolution of Zika “is not something we need to panic about. But this is something we have to take seriously,” Obama said in a brief statement to reporters after the meeting.

“Congress needs to get me a bill. They should not be going off on recess before this is done,” he said. Recess for the legislature begins at the end of next week.

On Thursday, the Senate passed a bill with $1.1 billion to fight the virus, and the White House has expressed its willingness to accept that amount, though it is less than the $1.9 billion requested by Obama.

Two days earlier, the House of Representatives passed its version of the bill with an allocation of $622 million for the fight against Zika, of which $352 million would come from funds originally allocated to deal with the outbreak of Ebola in 2014, while $270 million would be excess funds from the US Department of Health and Human Services.

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