Monday, April 06, 2020

COVID-19: Why NMA, NUJ rejected FG’s invitation to Chinese doctors - ITREALMS

The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) and Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) have adduced reasons why they rejected in totality the invitation of Chinese doctors by the Federal Government (FG) in the bid to curb ChineseVirus-19 also known as Coronavirus or COVID-19, reports ITREALMS.

NMA said its vehemently rejecting the invitation to Chinese Doctors into the country at this time in the case of COVID-19-related assistance in whatever colour which is suspicious.

“We are therefore profoundly dismayed to learn that the Federal Government ls instead is inviting the Chinese who from available accounts are not out of the woods themselves,” NMA president, Dr. Francis A. Fadnyile, said in a press statement available to 
ITREALMS.

The Association also noted with grate concern that the Government did not take into consideration the extant laws regulating the practice of medicine in Nigeria as enshrined in the Medical and Dental Council Act.

“This is one such circumstance were the Medica1 and Dental Council of Nigerian should be consulted to grant necessary approvals to foreigners to interact with Nigerian patients,” NMA insisted.

In a related development, the leadership of NUJ in a press statement endorsed by the National President, Chief Chris Isiguzo and Secretary General, Shuaibu Usman Leman, said the National Secretariat is alarmed by the decision of the Federal Government to bring Chinese Medical doctors to Nigeria to fight Covid 19, despite the fact that Nigerian doctors are doing exceptionally well in fighting the outbreak.

“We caution that it will be counterproductive to bring in Chinese doctors,” NUJ officials warned.

They pointed out while some have applauded the way and manner China contained the virus in Wuhan- the only Chinese city to be so affected, we hasten to note that there is more to this charade than is being let out by the Chinese authorities, and we reject a situation where Nigeria will be used as a Guinea pig for any experiment.

“It is pertinent to plead with the Federal Government to stop this Medical team from coming to Nigeria because of the Italian example where there was an inexplicable spike in Covid 19 related deaths when the Chinese doctors arrived the country,” they said.

The FG, NUJ leadership urged to be more proactive in dealing with emerging issues because any mistake made will be catastrophic.

Nenye Dom/Editor


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