The Chinese medical team who arrived Nigeria in April are reportedly stranded in Nigeria after completing their assignment.
According to reports, the 15-man medical experts from China are unable to travel back to China because there is no commercial flight back to Beijing.
They were in Nigeria on the invitation of the China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC) to assist with the installation of some COVID-19 equipment and sharing COVID-19 experience with the Federal Government.
Dr. Osagie Ehanire, the Minister of Health, during the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 briefing, noted that he did not know the whereabouts of the Chinese visitors.
According to the Minister, the Chinese medical experts were not guests of the Federal Government but of the CCECC.
Jacques Liao, the Executive Director of CCECC, noted that the medical team had been unable to leave Nigeria back to China because there were no commercial flights. He noted that the medical experts were still staying at the Idu area of Abuja where they were accommodated.
He noted that they were supposed to stay for a month.
“The Chinese medical team are waiting for their flight and this depends on when the airspace would be opened. You know, they came by a charter flight because of the personal protective equipment and other medical materials they brought, but they can’t go back by charter flight, so they are waiting for regular commercial flights.
“They are still here (in Abuja) and they would still assist the Ministry of Health anytime they require their assistance,” the CCECC ED stated.
“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 are fighting the virus and the meeting was very positive,” the CCECC boss added.
“They are here with us and have continued to teach our staff on how to protect themselves because protection and prevention are more important than the treatment.”
“Right now, commercial flights to China are not open yet, but when the flights are open again, we are considering the team going back to China,” he said.
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