"We Can't Explain What Happened To The Chinese Doctors Or Where They Are" - FG

"We Can't Explain What Happened To The Chinese Doctors Or Where They Are" - FG

The Federal Government does not have the slightest idea about the whereabouts of the Chinese doctors and technicians who came into the country to offer help in the battle against COVID-19.

The Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire made this known  one month after the controversial arrival of the Chinese medical team.

The 15-members of the Chinese medical team made up of doctors, nurses, and laboratory technicians, arrived at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, on April 8, 2020, with medical equipment worth about $1.5 million, and went in for fourteen days isolate period as per Covid-19 protocols.

Their arrivals, had generated strong criticisms, but the federal Government had dismissed such feelings of dread of their presence in the country, focusing on that they were in the country to help.

When the Minister of Health was asked during a recent press briefing about the whereabouts of the Chinese medical team at the daily briefing, Ehanire said: “I want to explain first of all that I think not all of them were doctors and I heard that some of them are technicians, but they are staff of CCECC, the Ministry of health is not their host, so we can’t always explain what happened to them or where they are."

“There seems to be a lot of interests in these doctors but they are the staff of a company and I think they are on the company visa. So I will be very happy if you don’t 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 from their experience in their country, we shared ideas about what they did in their country in managing Covid -19.”

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