COVID-19: Chinese medical equipment, doctors arrive Nigeria

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Chinese medical equipment and personnel Wednesday arrived the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, to assist the federal government tackle the COVID-19 pandemic, despite torrents of disapproval from some Nigerians and health workers’ groups.
They were received by the Minister of Health Dr. Osagie Ehanire, and other top government officials.

According to the Minister of state, Health, Olorunnimbe Mamora, who stood in for the health minister at today’s Presidential Task Force press briefing, the experts are in Nigeria alongside the equipment needed to curb the virus.

Dr. Ehanire had earlier announced the medical experts would be coming into the country to support its fight against COVID-19.

He said the experts would be sharing their experience after making progress in the fight against Covid-19.

The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) earlier expressed its dissatisfaction with the move.

Dr. Osagie Ehanire, minister of health: Chinese medical doctors to support fight against COVID-19

The association described the move as “a thing of embarrassment to the membership of the Association and other health workers who are giving their best in the fight against COVID-19 pandemic under deplorable working conditions.”

The Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC) also advised the federal government against the plan, saying it was unnecessary to invite Chinese doctors as Nigeria was already handling the crisis effectively.

Nigeria currently has 254 cases of COVID-19 of which 44 have been discharged and six deaths recorded.

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