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COVID-19: Resident Doctors Kick Against FG’s Plan To Invite Chinese Medical Experts

File photograph of medical personnel. BERTRAND GUAY / AFP


The Nigerian Affiliation of Resident Medical doctors (NARD) has kicked in opposition to a plan by the Federal Authorities to ask an 18-man Chinese language group of medical specialists together with docs, nurses and people with sundry experience to help Nigeria within the battle in opposition to COVID-19.

President of the affiliation, Dr Aliyu Sokomba, in an announcement made obtainable to Channels Tv, suggested the Federal authorities to shelve the Plan of inviting the Chinese language Medical group slightly, and instantly have interaction all key related Nigerian medical specialists together with NARD and current the complete intents and function of the deliberate importation of the Chinese language specialists for full analysis, cost-benefit evaluation and consensus on the best choice.

He additionally famous that inviting the Chinese language medical specialists will quantity the Federal Authorities to be championing “illegality”, as all docs coming into Nigeria are alleged to be licensed by the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria.

Sokomba, due to this fact, famous that the Chinese language medical specialists haven’t been licensed to carry out any job within the nation.

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“The try and import Human sources for Well being from China into Nigeria the place many certified medical docs and different cadres of well being staff are but to be gainfully employed is the peak of insensitivity and disservice on the a part of the Federal Authorities and their advisers.

“The problem at hand would have been adequate marker to agitate the FG to the path and timing for enormous employment of medical and different well being care staff to supply sufficient palms within the trade to battle the COVID 19 as different nations are doing”.

The Minister for Well being, Osagie Ohanire had on Friday said that China is sending in additional kits in addition to docs to assist the federal government’s efforts within the battle in opposition to the virus.

“I have been notified of gifts of medical supplies from China, courtesy of a group of Chinese companies working here in Nigeria. A special cargo aircraft shall leave Nigeria in a few days to collect the items which include commodities, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), and ventilators,” he mentioned in the course of the briefing by the Presidential Activity Power on COVID-19, including that “Of great interest is that an 18-man team of medical experts, including doctors, nurses and public health advisers shall come along with the flight to assist us”.

The resident docs, nonetheless, say they’ve distanced themselves from the plan.

“In the interim, NARD wishes to distance herself from the planned importation of Chinese medical experts to Nigeria in whatever guise or hood for the reasons presented in this write-up and many more,” Sokomba said.

“NARD shall not ponder additional warning to distance herself from the Chinese language journey by means of withdrawing all her members from each public well being facility in Nigeria in order that the anticipated downturn within the output of Nigeria’s healthcare service supply may be correctly located and traceable to the Chinese language as is the case as we speak in Italy.

“NARD hereby reiterates her place which was canvased earlier within the week for the FG to instantly and massively make use of all certified however unemployed docs and different healthcare staff. Get them skilled, insured, motivated and deployed nationwide”.

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