Posted by OUR REPORTER | 7 April 2020 | 803 times
Following criticisms of the expected coming of Chinese medical experts to Nigeria, the Federal Government through the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Boss Mustapha, has said that even the United States is looking for help.
Mustapha is the Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19. He explained that the medical experts were coming on the invitation of a Chinese company, China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC) which has a lot of ongoing contracts in the country.
He said at a press conference which he addressed on Monday in Abuja, that the development was to complement the efforts of the Nigerian government to curtail the spread of coronavirus just like other nations around the world were doing.
“I wish to clarify that all the countries of the world are seeking assistance and are receiving help in the fight against COVID-19 – even the United States is looking for help elsewhere.
“The support coming from China is a cooperate social responsibility initiated by CCECC, a company with a total volume of infrastructural contracts in Nigeria worth over N10 billion.”
According to him, the proposal has generated mixed reactions from Nigerians and so it must be clarified.
Addressing the concerns raised by resident doctors and other medical professionals in the country, Mustapha, explained that “The professionals that have been invited by CCECC through their apparent company in China to come are public health specialists and medical engineers that will support Nigeria’s capacity in managing the pandemic on an advisory basis while drawing from the experience of the Chinese
“In no way shall there be case management and interface with patients. They would train our manpower, advise on procedures and methods, install and test the equipment donated before handing them over for our technicians to begin to use them.
“I, therefore, use this medium to appeal to our medical professionals to see the positive aspect of these gestures as an extension of development in the field of medicine.”
He also hinted on the materials that CCECC intended to import to the country to include:
1,300,000 medical masks: over 150,000 pieces of Personal Protective Equipment; as well as 50 medical ventilators.
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