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Whereabouts of 15 Visiting Chinese Doctors Unknown?

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila has inquired of the whereabouts of the visiting Chinese medical personnel. The Speaker said that the activities of the doctors in the country must the over-sighted by the parliament.

Gbajabiamila said this at a meeting between the leadership of the National Assembly and the Presidential Task Force (PTF) led by its Chairman and Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha on the updates of the team’s activities on coronavirus, Thursday in Abuja. He however directed the enquiry to the Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire.

The Speaker who needed to know if the health experts were subjected to the laid down protocols of the disease as instructed also said the need to monitor the movement of the Chinese medical personnel had become necessary following fears expressed by Nigerians over the coming of the Chinese.

15 Chinese medical personnel came into Nigeria on Wednesday for the delivery of materials and equipment to the Nigerian government in the fight against Covid-19.

Hear the Speaker, “This engagement is to see how we can make things better. The Chinese medical personnel, are they coming to upgrade our laboratories, are you accepting them? Who are the technicians that have been running the Kaduna and Kano laboratories before now?

“Where are the Chinese personnel as we speak? How are you sure that the Chinese company responsible for this arrangement are complying with your directives?”

The Speaker also wondered why there were little incidences of Covid-19 cases in the northern part of the country, considering the fact that the virus in highly infectious.

“What about inter-state immigration? Would you be surprised if you now have let’s say 500 cases in the north and you haven’t tested anyone in the north?

“My point is, let us begin to test everybody since the disease is highly infectious. We have a problem of contact tracing with people giving wrong addresses. Have you tried tracing them through the Immigration Service and telecommunication companies since there are other details that can be sourced from those windows?”

Gbajabiamila also mooted the enactment of some legislations for the disbursement of government and private funds for the pandemic. The same, he said applied to persons who had publicly pledged to make some donations.

According to him, a piece of law should be made to discourage them from reneging on their public pledges.

The Speaker added that without legislation, the disbursement of government funds on Covid-19 funds may become a subject of litigation if there was no law prescribed by law to spend it. He also expressed disappointment with a report that medical and other health personnel at the entry points and the hospitals, working to halt the spread of the coronavirus pandemic were yet to be paid hazard allowance.

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