Dr Garba Abari, Director-General, National Orientation Agency, has revealed why the Federal Government is inviting Chinese medical experts over the fight against Coronavirus in Nigeria.
Abari on Saturday noted that the federal government is not importing the Chinese medical experts to take charge of the fight against COVID-19.
The Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire, had earlier stated that an 18-man team of Chinese medical experts would visit Nigeria to support the fight against coronavirus.
Abari while speaking on the development noted that the Chinese medical team are coming to share experiences with the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC.
He further stated that the team will be sharing experiences on how the pandemic was handled in China and giving expert suggestions to our medical teams.
“Whatever information the Chinese medical team makes available to NCDC will be filtered and applied to address the peculiar challenges of the country on handling the COVID-19 scourge.”
“This is a global pandemic and from wherever assistance comes, you cannot reject it.”
“For instance, the United States is opening its doors to all volunteers that will come and assist them because they are also getting overwhelmed.”
“Despite its fine medical facilities and expertise, the US is now saying any form of assistance coming from anywhere that will add value to the fight against COVID-19 is welcome.”
“It is not as if the government of Nigeria is not appreciating the efforts of its medical experts. This is the time when Nigeria is proud and appreciating her own medical experts and showcasing her best.”
“This is the time that Nigeria is mopping all its competent hands, both active and inactive, and bringing them together to ensure that we beef up competent human capacity required to address the issue at hand.”
He called on Nigerians with the symptoms to present themselves to NCDC for testing and proper medical attention to avoid endangering the lives of other people.