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COVID-19: Resident Doctors Oppose FG’s Plan To Invite Chinese Medical Team

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The Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors, NARD, has kicked against the plan by the Federal Government to invite a Chinese team of medical professionals to assist Nigeria in combating the coronavirus disease.

The president of the association, Dr Aliyu Sokomba, in a statement advised the Federal government to stop the plan of inviting the Chinese Medical team and immediately employ massively, all qualified but unemployed doctors and other healthcare workers.

Sokomba described the plan as the height of insensitivity and disservice on the part of the Federal Government and their advisers.

“The attempt to import Human resources for Health from China into Nigeria where many qualified medical doctors and other cadres of health workers are yet to be gainfully employed is the height of insensitivity and disservice on the part of the Federal Government and their advisers.

“The challenge at hand would have been sufficient marker to agitate the FG to the direction and timing for massive employment of medical and other health care workers to provide enough hands in the industry to battle the COVID 19 as other nations are doing”.

“In the interim, NARD wishes to distant herself from the planned importation of Chinese medical experts to Nigeria in whatever guise or hood for the reasons presented in this write-up and many more.

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“NARD shall not contemplate further warning to distance herself from the Chinese adventure by way of withdrawing all her members from every public health facility in Nigeria so that the anticipated downturn in the output of Nigeria’s healthcare service delivery can be properly situated and traceable to the Chinese as is the case today in Italy.

“NARD hereby reiterates her position which was canvased earlier in the week for the FG to immediately and massively employ all qualified but unemployed doctors and other healthcare workers. Get them trained, insured, motivated and deployed nationwide”.

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