Managing Director of China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC) in Nigeria, Michael Yigao, has revealed that 15 Chinese medical experts whose whereabouts were unknown, are in their care.
The CCECC MD disclosed this on Monday May 18, while reacting to questions about the location of the Chinese medical experts by many Nigerians on May 14.
The questions about the medics were raised after the Federal Government last Thursday said it does not know the whereabouts of the Chinese medics, adding that they came into Nigeria as CCECC staff.
Yiago has now said the doctors came specially to help CCECC fight the coronavirus and protect its employees, saying the medics will return to China when the ban on commercial flight is lifted.
He explained that;
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.
Yiago stressed that;
Most of the workers understand the situation now and they know the risk, so they follow the proper procedures and cooperate with their instructors. 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 added that;
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.
According to him, CCECC, like other companies in Nigeria, will do whatever they can to help the nation, such as building treatment centres and training people on how to handle the virus.