Coronavirus: ‘We don’t want Chinese doctors’ – Nigerian doctors tell FG

April 6, 2020
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The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) has rejected the
Federal Government’s decision to invite medical doctors from China to assist in managing COVID-19 cases in the country.

The NMA President, Francis Faduyile, in a statement Sunday said the move is a misplaced priority.

He described it as “a thing of embarrassment to the membership of the Association and other health workers who are giving their best in the fight against Covid-19 pandemic under deplorable working conditions.”

The plan of inviting an 18-member team of Chinese medical experts to Nigeria has been criticised since it was announced Friday by health minister, Osagie Ehanire.

The Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC) had advised the federal government against the plan, saying it was unnecessary to invite Chinese doctors as Nigeria was already handling the crisis effectively.

The latest of such reactions is coming from the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) who described the action as an embarrassment to its members.

In a statement on Monday, the union said it is dismayed about the decision of the Federal Government to invite doctors from China, when the Chinese government is still battling with the pandemic.

According to the statement, Nigeria has a large pool of unemployed general medical and specialist practitioners that the government can engage instead of foreigners who can pose some security concerns at this time.

The NMA advised the government to concentrate on improving the welfare of front-line health workers, provide them with the needed personal protective equipment and other incentives to work.

In its communique, the NMA stated that it would loathe to review her participation in the fight against COVID-19 considering the serious implications and risks this will bring to their members should the government insist on invitation.

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