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Covid-19: Chinese Medical Personnel Must Undergo Laid-down Protocol – Gbajabiamila

6 April 2020 National News News

The Speaker of the House of Representatives Femi Gbajabiamila has said the Chinese medical personnel coming to assist Nigeria in the fight against COVID-19 pandemic must undergo the necessary checks as provided by Nigeria.

According to a statement signed by his Special Adviser on media and publicity Lanre Lasisi the speaker stated this at a meeting between the leadership of the House, and the Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire.

The statement says the meeting was conveyed following widespread complaints that trailed the announcement of the coming of some Chinese medical personnel to assist Nigeria.

In the statement the lawmaker maintained that the measure became necessary to take precautions and allay fears expressed by many Nigerians adding that the Chinese doctors who will not have any physical contact with patients, be quarantined for 14days upon their arrival in the country.

According to the statement the Minister of Health, Dr. Ehanire, said the coming of the Chinese medical team to Nigeria was an offer arranged by a group of Chinese companies based in Nigeria as part of their corporate social responsibility (CSR) to the country, adding that Nigeria will benefit more from the gesture because the existing health facilities and personnel available to tackle the disease were inadequate.

The statement adds that the minister of state for health Olorunnimbe Mamora who was also present at the meeting said the Chinese doctors are expected to help in setting up molecular laboratories around the country as well as upgrade and reconfigure existing ones in the country to help in the fight against COVID 19.

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