- 15 Chinese medics brought to Nigerians to fight coronavirus have all tested negative after their mandatory 14-day quarantine
- Health minister, Osagie Ehanire, said the Chinese can now proceed to provide medical supports in the fight against Covid-19 crisis
- The 15-man Chinese medical team's arrival earlier generated contention as Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) vehemently rejected their coming to the country
Following the completion of their mandatory 14-day quarantine, a 15-man Chinese medical team brought to Nigeria to fight Covid-19 has tested negative to the pandemic.
Osagie Ehanire, the minister of health, who made this known on Tuesday, April 28, said the Chinese medical expert can now proceed on the assignment that brought them to the country, The Nation reports.
Legit.ng recalls that Ehanire, speaking during the presidential task force on Covid-19 briefing in Abuja on Friday, April 3, said the federal government would seek the intervention of the Chinese health officials in its fight against the virus.
But in a statement by Nigeria Medical Association (NMA), the plan to invite a medical team from China was vehemently rejected as more controversies brewed.
The rejection decision was disclosed by NMA president, Francis Faduyile, in a statement on Sunday, April 5.
The Chinese medical experts, against the wish of Nigerian doctors, arrived in Abuja with 16-ton test kits, ventilators, disinfection machine, disposable medical masks, pills, infrared thermometer and other items as requested for by the federal government.
They later went into isolation where they spent fourteen days as stipulated by the federal government.
In a subsequent update, the health minister said the Chinese health officials tested negative and would be sharing experiential strategies of how their country curtailed the spread of the virus.
“As for the Chinese persons who came in, the test has been done after they were quarantined for 14 days. All of them were negative.
"After that, the Federal Ministry of Health is done with that particular case,” Ehanire said.
He also disclosed that "the ministry of health has set up a ministerial expert advisory committee, made up of eminent Nigerian virologists, public health experts, infectious disease and diagnostic experts and others, to study the evolution and development of the COVID-19 outbreak and the responses in Nigeria."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that Femi Gbajabiamila, speaker of the House of Representatives, has called on the federal government to intensify its efforts in ensuring that Covid-19 palliatives reach the vulnerable Nigerians who are in dire need during the lockdown.
Speaking at a plenary on Tuesday, April 28, the lawmaker noted that the federal government has been doing well in cushioning the effect of coronavirus crisis through the palliatives programme.
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