Coronavirus: Chinese Medical Team To Arrive Nigeria
4 April 2020 National News
The Federal Government said 18-man team of Chinese medical experts will arrive the country in a few days to assist the country in its fight against coronavirus.
Minister of health, Osagie Enahire, said this on Friday during a press briefing in Abuja.
According to the minister, “ a special cargo aircraft shall leave Nigeria in a few days to collect the items which include commodities, personal protective equipment and ventilators.”
An 18-man team of Chinese medical experts including doctors, nurses and other medical advisers shall come along with the flight to assist us.”
The minister explained that the medical experts and medical supplies are provided through the courtesy of “a group of Chinese companies working in Nigeria.”
Enahire noted that nearly 3,000 samples have been tested for the disease, adding that the country will witness an increase in confirmed coronavirus cases despite the lockdown.
Nigeria has recorded 210 cases out of which Lagos state, which is the epicentre of the disease, has 108 cases.
Abuja has 41: Osun 22, and Oyo, eight cases. Akwa Ibom state has five cases; Ogun four, Edo seven, Kaduna four; Bauchi three.
Enugu and Ekiti states have two cases each while Rivers and Benue states have recorded one each.
In Africa, over 7,000 cases have been recorded with 286 deaths spread across 50 countries.
Globally, the confirmed cases hit over one million with at least 51,300 people dead from complications of the disease.
The infection has spread to 204 countries and territories since the first case was recorded in Wuhan, China, late December.