The Nigerian government has said a medical team from China will arrive in the country in the coming days to help fight the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Nigeria’s Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Enahire, disclosed this to reporters at the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 briefing in Abuja on Friday.
The minister noted that the medical team that will be arriving soon is an 18-man team of Chinese medical experts including doctors, nurses and other medical advisers.
He also said a group of Chinese companies working in Nigeria has donated Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and ventilators to support the country’s fight against COVID-19.
Ehanire commended the country’s frontline workers for doing a great job in case identification and management.
He added that nearly 3,000 samples have been tested for the disease, adding that Nigeria will witness an increase in confirmed coronavirus cases despite the lockdown.
He 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.
“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.”