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  • Updated: May 22, 2020

COVID-19: CCECC Hints On Mandate Of Chinese Medical Experts In Nigeria

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The China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation, CCECC, says the visiting Chinese medical team has been carrying out its “assigned mission” which does not cover treating COVID-19 patients in Nigeria. 

In a statement on Friday, the construction company said that the medical experts have not gone beyond their mandate in any instance. It explained that the team has assisted in setting up isolation centres and has provided support to CCECC staff on how to guide against COVID-19.

The statement, posted on their Twitter handle, said the medical experts are however willing and ready to share their experiences of fighting COVID-19 in China with Nigerian health officials.

According to the firm, “After a 14-day quarantine and necessary tests, the medical team has been carrying out its assigned mission.

“The medical personnel are in Nigeria at the instance of CCECC Nigeria and they have been at all times under the care and accommodation of CCECC

“During their stay in Nigeria, they have complied with all known immigration and health protocols.

“It is important to reiterate that the mandate of the team, as mutually agreed with all stakeholders, does not cover treatment of COVID-19 cases. The team is therefore not treating any COVID-19 cases. In dealing with both the CCECC and the Nigerian health officials, the team only play an advisory role.

“They would continue to engage with CCECC management and staff will always be willing to engage with Nigerian health officials and other stakeholders whenever and wherever it is necessary to do so.”

It would be recalled that there has been confusion on the whereabouts of the team after the Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire,  told reporters that he preferred not to be asked where they were.

Before then, the Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, told Nigerians that the medics had assisted in installing equipment in some isolation centres.

CCECC Managing Director, Michael Yigao, would later clarify that the team was in the care of the construction company. 

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