COVID-19: Gbajabiamila meets health ministers over invitation of Chinese medical experts
- Femi Gbajabiamila held a meeting with the ministers in charge of health over the government’s plan to request for a team of medical experts from China
- Gbajabiamila noted that the Chinese medical team will not have any physical contact with infected patients
- Many Nigerians had faulted the federal government's decision to invite Chinese medical experts to help with the COVID-19 pandemic
Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has met with the minister of health, Osagie Ehanire, the minister of state for health, Olorunnimbe Mamora, and others over the invitation of medical experts from China to help fight the coronavirus pandemic.
Legit.ng gathered that Gbajabiamila disclosed this in a series of tweets via his official Twitter page on Tuesday, April 7.
The speaker noted that he held a meeting with the two ministers over concerns expressed by many Nigerians and medical practitioners in Nigeria on the engagement of Chinese medical experts for the management of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country.
He said: "The doctors and nurses will follow the protocol and be quarantined for 14 days once they arrive in Nigeria. The doctors and nurses will at no time have any physical contact with any patient.
There will be strict compliance with all relevant immigration laws regarding work permits. We remain vigilant and our engagement continues."
Recall that the federal government said it is expecting a team of medical experts from China to assist Nigerian to handle the coronavirus pandemic. The minister of health made the disclosure at the presidential task force on COVID-19 briefing in Abuja on Friday, April 3.
This meeting came about two days after the federal government explained that the Chinese medical experts expected in Nigeria are coming to share their experience with the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) about the coronavirus.
Garba Abari, the director-general of the National Orientation Agency (NOA), made the disclosure on Saturday, April 4, when speaking on a Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN) live programme in Abuja.
He said claims that the federal government was bringing Chinese medical experts to directly take charge of the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic were untrue.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the Medical and Dental Consultants Association of Nigeria (MDCAN), University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital (UITH) chapter has warned the federal government that inviting medical experts from China to help in fighting coronavirus pandemic could pose health dangers for the country.
The chairman of the association, Dr Muhammed Adeboye, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Saturday, April 4, in Ilorin that the current cases of COVID-19 in the country do not require foreign assistance.
He said Nigeria was not overwhelmed by coronavirus cases and does not need any professional help from any part of the world. The association warned that any unwarranted eternal help could allow room for foreigners to manipulate the virus to be more harmful to Nigerians.
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