COVID-19: NMA Rejects Invitation Of Chinese Doctors

SAN FRANCISCO, April 06, (THEWILL) – More reactions have continued to trail The Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) has described the Federal Government’s decision to invite medical doctors from China to assist in managing COVID-19 cases in the country as an embarrassment to its members.

In a statement on Monday, the union said it is dismayed about the decision of the Federal Government to invite doctors from China, when the Chinese government is still battling with the pandemic.

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It insisted that Nigeria has a large pool of unemployed general medical and specialist practitioners that the government can engage instead of foreigners who can pose some security concerns at this time.

The NMA advised the government to concentrate on improving the welfare of front-line health workers, provide them with the needed personal protective equipment and other incentives to work.

In its communique, the NMA stated that it would like to review her participation in the fight against COVID-19 considering the serious implications and risks this will bring to their members should the government insist on invitation.