National Association of Resident Doctors of Nigeria (NARD) has kicked against the treatment of the country’s COVID-19 patients by Chinese Doctors.
This is coming after a team of 15 Chinese Doctors arrived Nigeria on Wednesday, March 8, 2020.
NARD President, Dr. Sokomba Aliyu disclosed FG informed the Association that Chinese Experts will be donating medical supplies to the country, not treat COVID-19 patients.
Dr Aliyu threatened that Nigerian doctors will stop treatment of COVID-19 patients should the Chinese doctors make attempt to touch any patient.
“The representatives of the government had stated some days back that the Chinese experts are coming to donate some personal protective equipment – ventilators etc. for us. We do not have anything against people coming to make donations. They also stated that they are coming to install those ventilators they brought with them, which again we do not have problems with.
“But we have categorically stated that the Chinese can’t attend to any Nigerian for whatever reason because this is unethical and illegal. The Chinese do not have the license to practice in Nigeria. And we do not need their hands as we are not overwhelmed and can take care of our patients.
“So far, they have also stated that they are not coming to attend to patients, so we cannot say categorically if their words are anything to go by. While they have gone ahead to welcome the Chinese, we are hopeful that the Chinese will have nothing to do with our patients because if they proceed to involve the Chinese in the management of our patients, we will just leave the patients for the Chinese to continue managing.
“As it is now, we are going to be watchful and wait for them to see how far they are engaging the Chinese, and to what extent they are going to be managing our patients.
“If they proceed to get them to do whatever it is with our patients, then, we will just let them have the patients and whatever comes out of it will be squarely traceable to the Chinese involvement in the management of our patients”.