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18 May 2020

COVID-19 Chinese doctors in Nigeria, working hard to help, not missing — Embassy

The Chinese doctors and medics, who arrived in the country last month to help the Nigerian authorities in containing the ravaging Coronavirus, are not missing.

The Chinese Embassy in Abuja confirmed to newsmen on Sunday that contrary to claims by one of the leading political parties in Nigeria that the whereabouts of the medics in Nigeria remained unknown, the 14 medical experts were actively helping out in their duty posts to meet the mandate for which they came to Nigeria.

A spokesman for the Chinese Embassy, Mr. Sun Saixiong, told newsmen that although the embassy was not directly involved in the operations and activities of the medics, it was fully aware of their various contributions towards the containment of the pandemic in Nigeria.

Mr. Saixiong explained that the mission of the 14 doctors and medics, who were brought into Nigeria by one of its leading construction giants, CCECC in collaboration with the Federal Government of Nigeria, was to assist Nigeria in preparing for the containment of the virus and cater for thousands of the company’s workers spread across Nigeria. “The Embassy of China is not directly involved in what the medics do daily but we have always been supportive of our companies to fulfill their social responsibilities in Nigeria and we do appreciate their collaboration with their Nigerian brothers and sisters,” Saixiong said. “We are aware also that the medics have completed their quarantine period cooperatively and respectfully strictly prescribed by the Nigerian Health authorities and manner to help contain the pandemic in the country. “We are also aware that the Nigerian Ministry of Health has organized a video conference call and both sides have exchanged their COVID-19 fighting experiences, the result of which we believe should be mutually beneficial.

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