THE CHINESE MEDICAL TEAM ARE COMING TO NIGERIA
Why Chinese medical team are coming to Nigeria
The main contractor handling the rail modernization programme of the federal government, CCECC, has exposed reasons why it sponsored a Chinese medical team and medical supply to Nigeria.
This was made open in a statement Tuesday in Abuja, CCECC stated that it had the backing of the Federal government of Nigeria its home government and its mother company the China Railway Construction Corporation (‘CRCC’), through its subsidiary China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (‘CCECC’) after exhaustive deliberation on how to help the country check the outbreak of the Coronavirus.
They further noted that its goal was innocently targeted at “supporting Nigeria in its fight against the COVID-19 pandemic that is adversely affecting livelihoods and economies across the world by making available necessary medical equipment and health consumables.
Assisted by the Nigerian Government, CCECC is delivering amongst others around 16-tons of test kits, ventilators, disinfection machine, disposable medical masks, N95 masks, medicines, rubber gloves, protective gowns, goggles, face shields, infra-red thermometers and other critical care items, through a chartered flight operated by Air Peace.
The statement noted that the chartered flight is due to arrive at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport by 8 April 2020. “these items required by the Nigerian Government will be handed over by CCECC to relevant authorities”.
It stated. The statement also said that considering its large number of employees in Nigeria, CCECC at its own cost, will dispatch a 15-member working team from CRCC, 12 of whom are experienced medical professionals with expertise in infectious disease, respiratory illness, intensive care, cardiology, neurology, general surgery and anesthesiology.
Members of the team also have relevant experience in the prevention and diagnosis of the COVID-19. The statement noted. To allay the concerns of Nigerians the statement noted that all members of the working team have tested negative to COVID-19 and shall commence their stay in Nigeria by undertaking a 14 day quarantine.
It said that the primary purpose of the working team is to provide CCECC employees with critical and necessary healthcare assistance. “They are also coming with adequate PPE and medical items for the employees. In addition, under the directive of Chinese Embassy and in response to the Nigeria Government’s request, the working team may also share with Nigerian medical teams effective methods on how to contain the COVID-19 and provide advice on the use of relevant medical equipment. In keeping with our corporate value, “Stride with Nigeria”.
CCECC is participating in the construction of two COVID-19 response facilities in the FCT for free as part of its Corporate Social Responsibilities. The facilities are a 196-bed “ThisDay Dome Treatment Centre,” in collaboration with Sahara Team and Arise News; and the 150-bed “Idu Depot Treatment Centre.”
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COVID-19: Seven patients to be discharged in Abuja
Seven patients will be discharged in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), after testing negative to COVID-19.
This was confirmed by the FCT Minister, Muhammad Bello.
Bello said: “Since the outbreak of the first COVID-19 case in the FCT, I have been kept abreast daily on the condition of the patients. I am delighted to announce that the first set of patients, totaling 7, are ready to be discharged, after their final tests results returned negative,” he said in a statement.
“Also, our dedicated and exceptional medical staff are doing their best to ensure the recovery and discharge of the remaining 39 patients. We cannot thank them enough for their efforts and we will always continue to encourage and support them.
“Let me also remind our residents that the FCTA is fully committed to fighting this Pandemic. We are not sparing any resources at our disposal in ensuring effective containment of the virus, and also in protecting the welfare of our people. And as long as we remain united in this fight, we will surely emerge victorious.”
COVID-19: ECOWAS moves to help Nigeria, member states
The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has released over one million kits for member states to help tackle the coronavirus pandemic affecting the world.
The new order is to assist the member states in its ongoing distribution of other kits and medicines including Chloroquine and Azithromycin, NAN reports.
This was disclosed in a statement issued by ECOWAS on Tuesday.
The sub-regional body said that it had already given financial support to member-states, distributed kits and drugs and additional kits as well as ventilators for distribution.
WAHO has already purchased and dispatched to the 15 Member States: 30,500 diagnostic test kits; 10,000 Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and 740,000 prescription tablets (Chloroquine and Azithromycin).
“Orders have been placed to acquire for Member States, the following items:
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“240,000 diagnostic kits; 240,000 extraction kits; 250,000 viral sample transport equipment; 285,100 Personal Protective Equipment (PPE); 268,100 masks for medical personnel, 120 ventilators and several thousand litres of alcohol gel and disinfectants.
“The ECOWAS Commission is taking this opportunity to urge people to continue to implement the measures recommended by the Health Authorities, and to comply with the prescribed hygiene guidelines,” the statement read.
According to ECOWAS, it is working with its health organisation West African Health Organisation (WAHO)to continue both internal and external resource mobilisation, with a view to increasing the availability of medical materials and equipment.
It said that the effort of ECOWAS is to complement its intervention as part of a Short and Medium Term State Assistance Plan (humanitarian assistance and support for economic recovery.
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