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MANAGING Director of China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC) says the 15 Chinese medical experts that arrived in the country on April 8 are in the company’s care.

  Yigao made the disclosure yesterday in Abuja while reacting to speculations on the whereabouts of the Chinese medical team following Federal Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire’s explanation that the medics who reportedly came into Nigeria to support the fight against COVID-19, were not his guests but those of CCECC.

  Ehanire made the point while responding to questions at the daily Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 briefing May 14.

According to him, the medical personnel are not guests of the Federal Government but that of the construction company.

But Yigao corroborated this point while confirming that the experts came into the country to share their experiences in fighting the COVID-19.

  “The team had a telecast meeting with the Minister of Health and some doctors around the country and shared their experience in China on how they’re fighting the virus and the meeting was very positive.

They are here with us and have continued to teach our staff how to protect themselves because protection and prevention are more important than the treatment. “Most of the workers understand the situation now and they know the risk, so they follow the proper procedures and cooperate with their instructors.

The medical experts would be heading home as soon as there was a commercial flight to China. Right now, commercial flight to China is not open, but when flights are open again, we’re considering the team going back to China.”

 He praised the Nigerian government for how they had been able to contain the pandemic so far. “In a big country like Nigeria, it can be a bit difficult to control a pandemic because you will have to make all the people of such a large country understand that it is serious and real thing.

“I think Nigeria is taking this very seriously and you can see it in the implementation of the lockdown and the suspension of international flights etc. And like other companies in Nigeria, we will do whatever we can to help the country, like building treatment centres and training people on how to handle the virus,” Yigo said.

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