The Chinese doctors in Nigeria.
A group of Chinese medics on Wednesday arrived in Nigeria to help fight the coronavirus pandemic.
The 15-medics team were greeted by senior officials on the tarmac at Abuja airport after flying in on a month-long deployment with a planeload of medical supplies.
The Nigerian Medical Association and Trade Union Congress frown at the planned invitation of 18 Chinese Doctors to Nigeria with medical equipment to help the country in the current fight against Coronavirus.
On Sunday, the Nigerian Medical Association condemned the planned deployment as “a thing of embarrassment” to health workers fighting the disease in Africa’s most populous country “under deplorable conditions”.
“It is a great disservice to the morale of the long-suffering front-line health workforce if the government goes ahead to invite these Chinese doctors,” a statement said.
“The invitation demeans their sacrifices so far in this pandemic.” Officials insist the Chinese team will help advise local authorities on handling the pandemic.
China — where the first outbreak of the COVID-19 disease occurred — has dispatched medics and supplies across the globe in a soft power push to burnish its image.
The New York governor recently complained about a deficiency of doctors in the fight against Coronavirus and called for help from overseas. Same with the Italian government – and in Nigeria, people who should know better are out in the public space making disdainful statements about doctors who volunteered to come to Nigeria to share knowledge.
The Chinese doctors know the history of this virus better than some Nigerian doctors since it first broke in their shores? And the TUC and NMA need no second-telling that China has managed the pandemic with reduced deaths in comparison with Spain, Italy and the United States. China unlike the United States of America rarely shares knowledge.
Nigerians need to appreciate diversity, find common ground with professionals and relate with them on common interests, the chance to interface with the Chinese doctors will give the opportunity to ask better questions, value people other than Nigerians and respect them, submit selves to reverse mentoring especially in the areas of technology, and show genuine ties to global community and social responsibility. Lives are involved here and people should move away from play-politics.
NCDC has confirmed that all the kits and Specialists are tested coronavirus negative.