COVID-19: Chinese medical experts are in our care, says CCECC

COVID-19: Chinese medical experts are in our care, says CCECC

- CCECC has disclosed that the 15 Chinese medical experts that came into the country last month are in their care

- This was disclosed by the managing director of the company, Mr Michael Yigao on Monday, May 18

- The China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation boss said the experts are in Nigeria specially for their employees

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China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC) has revealed that the 15 Chinese medical experts that arrived in the country on Wednesday, April 8 are in the company’s care.

This was disclosed by the managing director of the company, Mr Michael Yigao on Monday, May 18 while speaking to journalists.

According to Vanguard, he said the experts came into the country to share their experiences in fighting the COVID-19.

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He also clarified that the team came specially to help CCECC fight the pandemic and protect its employees.

His words: “The team had a telecast meeting with the minister of health and some doctors around the country and shared their experience in China on how they’re fighting the virus and the meeting was very positive.

“They are here with us and have continued to teach our staff how to protect themselves because protection and prevention are more important than the treatment.

“Most of the workers understand the situation now and they know the risk, so they follow the proper procedures and cooperate with their instructors.’’

He, however, revealed that the medical experts would be heading home as soon as a commercial flight to China is available.

“Right now, commercial flight to China is not open, but when flights are open again, we’re considering the team going back to China,” he said.

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He praised the Nigerian government for how they had been able to contain the pandemic so far.

His words: “In a big country like Nigeria, it can be a bit difficult to control a pandemic because you will have to make all the people of such a large country understand that it is a serious and real thing.

“I think Nigeria is taking this very seriously and you can see it in the implementation of the lockdown and the suspension of international flights etc.

“And like other companies in Nigeria, we will do whatever we can to help the country, like building treatment centres and training people on how to handle the virus.”

He further revealed that the CCECC has given the Nigerian government necessary support, like building treatment centres and delivery of some health-related equipment.

“We understand the COVID-19 pandemic challenge in Nigeria because we are based here and have a lot of employees and we do believe, that with efforts from the government from the people, we will win this war.

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“I hope the people of Nigeria understand that we need the help of all peoples across the world to win this fight against coronavirus,’’ he added.

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Recall that the Chinese embassy in Nigeria had earlier debunked claims that the medical personnel were missing.

The embassy's spokesman, Sun Saixiong, in a statement on Sunday, May 17, stated that the 15 doctors are still in the country and are working very hard with Nigerian health agencies to save lives.

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