The Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, has disclosed that the 15 Chinese medical experts who arrived in Nigeria on Wednesday would be quarantined for two weeks.
The Minister of Health who was at the airport to receive the Chinese and their supplies said the team of medical experts were already aware that they would have to be sent on isolation before they can render any service to the nation.
He said: “They knew that before they came and have undergone tests before they left their country. Nevertheless, they will be in quarantine for 14 days. The Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has gone to see where they will be quarantined.”
Dr Ehanire added that the equipment brought by the medical experts will go a long way in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
He said: “The equipment (they brought) will assist a lot to fill some existing gaps. We now have 50 more ventilators.”
The Chinese medical experts had arrived in Nigeria on Wednesday at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja in a chartered Air Peace flight, amidst growing waves of opposition from various group and associations.
According to the Federal Government, the foreign medical expert will join in the on-going battle against COVID-19 as well as render assistance on the usage of the medical equipment brought in from China.
The Federal Government had received some medical equipment and supplies brought by medical team which includes China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC), the sponsor of the trip, said they brought about 16-tons of test kits, ventilators, disinfection machine, disposable medical masks, N95 masks, medications, rubber gloves, protective gowns, goggles, face shields, infra-red thermometers and others.