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Group condemns plan to invite Chinese doctors to Nigeria

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A group, Yoruba Ronu Leadership Forum, has urged the Federal Government to review the move to bring Chinese doctors to Nigeria.

In a statement yesterday, President of the forum, Mr. Akin Malaolu, said the group was alarmed by the altercation between the government and the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) over the plan to invite Chinese doctors to Nigeria.

It said that the altercation was like an abuse of power by the Federal Government.

“We believe that people in power should not see their presence in office as absolute power or liberty. The approval given by the Federal Government that 18 Chinese doctors should visit Nigeria for whatever reasons must be reviewed because enough consultations were not done alongside with the NMA executives,” the group said.

The forum, which said that it had it on good authority that the few Chinese doctors are coming at the behest of Chinese community in Nigeria and not from any arm of our government, further said: “Their coming is, therefore, questionable because the Chinese community don’t have any right to import doctors from anywhere outside Nigeria.

“It is against our labour laws and expatriate quotas. The coming of the Chinese doctors will affect our medical personnel psychologically.”

In another development, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has been urged to make public the daily number of Nigerians being screened for Coronavirus.

Director, Civic Media Lab (CML), Akinfolarin Oluwaseun, who made the appeal yesterday, said that providing the critical data would help Nigerians and the world know the true state of the common fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

Akinfolarin, who noted that the CML and other members of the coalition of civil society groups had deployed resources towards the fight, said that the four factors responsible for the significant reduction in the number of cases were testing, isolation, treatment and tracing, adding: “Testing is the most critical of these four critical success factors. Without testing, it is difficult to know who had been infected and stopping the spread through innocent infection of others is not feasible.”


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