We are expecting medical team from China – Ehanire

We are expecting medical team from China – Ehanire

A team of medical personnel from China are expected to arrive the country in a few days, just as a group of Chinese companies working in Nigeria have

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A team of medical personnel from China are expected to arrive the country in a few days, just as a group of Chinese companies working in Nigeria have donated medical supplies such as such as personal protective equipment and ventilators to support the country’s fight against COVID-19, TheCable is reporting.

Osagie Enahire, minister of health, said, “I have been notified 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 and ventilators,” he said.

“An 18-man team of Chinese medical experts including doctors, nurses and other medical advisers shall come along with the flight to assist us. I must at this juncture commend our frontline workers who are doing a great job in case identification and management. As we prepare to contain COVID-19, we must not lose sight of other health challenges in our country. Routine health service must continue in our hospitals. Only a wing of tertiary health centres should be used for infected patients.”

This is in addition to the medical kits donated on March 24, by billionaire, Jack Ma, co-founder of Alibaba, Chinese e-commerce company, to fight coronavirus pandemic.

The minister also said nearly 3,000 samples have been tested for the disease, adding that Nigeria will witness an increase in confirmed coronavirus cases despite the lockdown.

Nigeria has 190 confirmed cases out of which Lagos state, which is the epicentre of the disease, has 98 cases. The federal capital territory (FCT) has 38; Osun, 20, and Oyo, eight cases. Akwa Ibom state has five cases; Ogun and Edo states have four each; Kaduna, four; Bauchi, three. Enugu and Ekiti states have two cases each while Rivers and Benue states have recorded one each.