Coronavirus: Reps question health minister on whereabouts of Chinese doctors

 Coronavirus: Reps question health minister on whereabouts of Chinese doctors

Following his claim the Chinese doctors brought in Nigeria to assist in the fight against the Coronavirus were not his guests, the Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, has been queried by some members of the House of Representatives on the whereabouts of doctors. The lawmakers at their plenary on Tuesday demanded full details of the activities and whereabouts of the Chinese doctors, saying they were not satisfied with the statement of the minister that they were not guests of the Federal Ministry of Health but that of a Chinese firm in Abuja.

The resolution of the House stemmed from a motion of urgent public importance raised by Hon. Dachung Bagos. The House in a separate motion also resolved to investigate the status of medical and pharmaceutical research in the fight against COVID-19 in Nigeria. They expressed worry that Nigerian scientists and researchers have not been given the necessary support and funding for medical research. The Minister of Health last week Thursday told reporters not to question him over the whereabouts of Chinese medical experts who came into Nigeria to support the fight against COVID-19. Ehanire, while responding to questions at the daily Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 briefing, said the medical personnel “are not guests of the Federal Government but CCECC, a Chinese construction company.”

Tolani Giwa

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