Nigeria’s Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire said his ministry cannot always explain the whereabouts of 15 Chinese medical team, who recently came into the country to “help in the fight against coronavirus”.
However, when asked about the whereabouts of the Chinese doctors on Thursday, May 14, Ehanire said he can’t explain what happened to them or where they are.
Speaking during the daily COVID-19 Presidential Task Force briefing, Ehanire said not all of the Chinese visitors earlier announced as medics have something to do with the medical profession.
According to him, the 15 Chinese were not guests of the Nigerian Government but of the China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC).
“I want to explain that first of all,I think not all of them are doctors and I heard that some of them are technicians but they are staff of CCECC.
“The ministry of health is not their host, so we can’t always explain what happened to them or where they are,” the minster said.
“There seem to be a lot of interest in these doctors but they are a staff of a company. I’d be very happy if you don’t ask me where they are.
“They are not really our guests in that sense but we have been able to learn somethings from them, we shared ideas of what they did in their country in managing COVID-19,” he said.
Meanwhile, the leadership of the House of Representatives, had summoned the Chinese ambassador to Nigeria and expressed displeasure over the alleged inhuman treatment meted out on some Nigerians by the Chinese authorities in Beijing.
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