By Idowu Bankole
Senator Betty Okagua Apiafi, Senator representing Rivers West Senatorial District, has condemned the invitation of Chinese doctors into the country saying it is demoralizing to Nigerian health workers who have been at the frontlines fighting the pandemic and so far have achieved tremendous results.
In a statement obtained by the daily news Nigeria, Sen. Betty Akagua said, “I have watched with consternation, the controversy that has arisen following the decision of the Presidential Task Force on Covid-19 to invite Chinese medical personnel, whose qualifications are unknown, into the country to purportedly join the fight against coronavirus”.
“From the reactions so far, especially from the Nigerian Medical Association, it is obvious that critical decisions are being taken without consulting or taking into consideration, the views of Nigerian medical experts who have been in the frontlines of the battle to contain this health emergency in the country. Nothing can be more demoralizing.”
“From all indications, our frontline health workers are doing a great job but have consistently requested for adequate provisions of Personal Protective Equipments (PPE) and urgent expansion of testing capabilities. Our frontline health workers had received accolades in the past (during the Ebola Crisis) and even in the present pandemic from the World Health Organisation (WHO). We can’t afford to demoralize them now neither can we afford to disregard their immense sacrifices.” She lamented
Advising the federal government, senator Betty Akagua said, “Government should rather channel its energy and limited resources to the provision of adequate PPE’s, urgently expand our laboratory capability for molecular testing/other forms of testing, fill up vacancies in the health sector, upgrade our health facilities and encourage our health workers through improved welfare and insurance packages.”
“Viral Infections have become a recurring decimal in our climes and it is time we progress from Adhoc containment measures to the construction and proper equipping of infectious diseases hospitals in every state of the federation with adequate manpower to contain and treat any future epidemic/pandemic.” Betty Okagua stated.
Recall that the NMA and NARD had said the Chinese doctors would not be allowed to handle their patients, a statement some Medical experts have praised.