The 15 member team of Chinese doctors sent to Nigeria to help the federal government in the fight against COVID-19 are missing. The federal government said they don’t know their whereabouts.

The team touched down in Nigeria early April flying in medical supplies worth $1.5 Million. They were welcomed at the airport by the Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria Zhou Pingjian.

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Meanwhile the Nigerian Health Minister Osagie Ehanire told the BBC on May 14th that some of the so-called doctors were not doctors but rather guests of a Chinese construction company handling several high profile projects in the country.

“There seems to be a lot of interest in these doctors but they are staff of a company. I would be very happy if you do not ask me where they are,” Mr Ehanire said.

“They are not really our guests in that sense but we have been able to learn some things from them. We shared ideas of what they did in their country in managing Covid-19,” he added.

Nigeria Health Minister, Mr Osagie Ehanire

Meanwhile the Information Minister of the federal Republic of Nigeria told reporters that the doctors were already working in different isolation centers across the country directly contradicting the Health Minister who said some members of the team were technicians of a Chinese company.

The Chinese Foreign Ministry said the doctors were sent in at the request of the Nigerian federal government. The move by the FG however irritated the Nigerian Medical Association which claim the country doesn’t need foreign help in the COVID-19 fight yet.

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