Ministry of Health cannot account for the visiting Chinese doctors, Minister

By Lubem Gena

Nigeria’s Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire has said his ministry cannot always explain the whereabouts of 15 Chinese medical team, who recently came into the country to “help in the fight against coronavirus”.

Recalled that on April 8, 2020, a Chinese medical team arrived the country with medical supplies to help the Nigerian Government fight against Coronavirus.

However, when asked about the whereabouts of the Chinese doctors on Thursday, May 14, Ehanire said he can’t explain what happened to them or where they are.

Speaking during the daily COVID-19 Presidential Task Force briefing, Ehanire said not all of the Chinese visitors earlier announced as medics have something to do with the medical profession.

According to him, the 15 Chinese were not guests of the Nigerian Government but of the China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC).

“I want to explain that first of all,I think not all of them are 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,” the minster said.

“There seem to be a lot of interest in these doctors but they are a staff of a company. I’d be very happy if you don’t ask me where they are.

“They are not really our guests in that sense but we have been able to learn somethings from them, we shared ideas of what they did in their country in managing COVID-19,” he said.

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