Minister of Health Dr.Osagie Ehaniren has said that 18 Chinese doctors are on their way to Nigeria with medical supplies including ventilators, to assist in tackling the highly contagious respiratory disease.
He made this known on Friday in Abuja at the fifth joint national briefing of the Presidential Taskforce Force (PTF) on COVID-19.
Ehanire stated that Chinese companies working in Nigeria have donated medical supplies as a way of assisting the Federal Government in its fight against Covid19.
According to him, the items been expected includes protective equipment and ventilators.
He further stated that 3,000 samples have been tested for the disease, and that Nigeria will witness an increase in confirmed cases despite lock down across the country due to increment in contact tracing and testing.
“I have been notified of medical supplies from China, courtesy of a group of Chinese companies working here in Nigeria. A special cargo aircraft shall leave Nigeria in a few days to collect the items which include commodities, personal protective equipment and ventilators.
“An 18-man team of Chinese medical experts including doctors, nurses and other medical advisers shall come along with the flight to assist us. I must at this juncture commend our front-line workers who are doing a great job in case identification and management.
“As we prepare to contain COVID-19, we must not lose sight of other health challenges in our country. Routine health service must continue in our hospitals. Only a wing of tertiary health centres should be used for infected patients,” Ehanire said.