Coronavirus: We don’t want importation of Chinese doctors into Nigeria -Reps tell Buhari

The Minority Caucus of the Green Chamber on Tuesday told President Buhari led Federal Government not to invite Chinese doctors over the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

It has been in thenews that the government wants to bring some Chinese doctors to assist Nigeria in fighting the deadly coronavious.

House of Reps minority leader, Ndudi Elumelu in a statement said that our health practitioners are doing well that we don’t need Chinese doctors in Nigeria.

Elumelu asked the Federal Government to immediately rescind the decision and jettison all plans to import almost two dozen doctors from the hotbed of the plague into the country at this critical time.

The government said on Monday it never officially invited the Chinese Doctors, and that it was an offer by a group of Chinese companies in the country as part of their corporate social responsibility.

The opposition members of the House expressed the belief that Nigerian doctors and nurses are doing well so far in managing the scourge, and expressed fears that “bringing in Chinese medical personnel, whose status, intentions and scope cannot be easily ascertained and controlled is totally against our national interest”

Elumelu said the Federal Government should take note of the apprehensions of Nigerians and professional bodies including the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) over the decision in view of alleged escalation of the pandemic in certain countries after Chinese doctors were reportedly involved in management in addition to widespread trepidations over the safety of medical equipment and kits from China at this point in time.

The Minority leader stressed that at such critical time, the safety and wellbeing of our citizens must be paramount and anything that is capable of further jeopardizing their lives must be avoided.

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