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 MichaelYigao 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.
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 said.
“Right now, commercial flight to China is not open, but when flights are open again, we’re considering the team going back to China.
“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 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”.
Osagie Ehanire,the minister of health, has said he does not know the whereabouts of the Chinese medical team who were reportedly brought to Nigeria to help the country fight the COVID-19 pandemic. The Tribune reports that Ehanire while speaking at the daily briefing of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 in Abuja on Thursday, May 14, asked Nigerians to stop asking him about the whereabouts of the health professionals,
Ehanire stated that the Chinese team is not hosted by the ministry of health.
Ehanire said the health ministry cannot give details about the Chinese health professionals because the ministry is not hosting them.
The minister however, stated that the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 has been able to learn some things from the Chinese medical team by interacting with them from their experience in their country.
“The Ministry of Health is not their host. So, we cannot always explain what happened to them or where they are. There seems to be a lot of interest in these doctors but they are staff of the company and I think they are on the company visa,” he said. “So, I will be very happy if you do not ask me about where they are because they are not really our guests in that sense. But we have been able to learn some things from them by interacting with them on their experiences in their country.