Lagos State Government on Monday said the state does not need the help of foreign doctors, including Chinese to help in fighting the dreaded Coronavirus pandemic.
Nigeria’s Federal Government is planning to solicit the help of Chinese doctors to fight raging Coronavirus in the country, but many people are kicking against the idea.
Lagos, currently has 120 confirmed cases of Coronavirus, with 31 discharged, two evacuated, two dead and 87 active cases.
The state, however, said what it needed right now were Molecular biologists and logisticians from anywhere, whether abroad or China.
Lagos Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, at a news conference to give update on Coronavirus situation in Lagos, said there was nothing wrong soliciting the help of China to help curb Coronavirus in Nigeria.
“It is not a Nigeria COVID-19 outbreak but a global pandemic, there is need for all nations to collaborate, experts from China went to Europe to assist Italy and Spain, these are well developed countries.
“We are running short of molecular biologists, we will not mind receiving assistance from any country that can give us human resource capacity. Experience molecular biologists is trained not less than 4 years.
“I am not aware that we are inviting any doctors from abroad to come and assist us, we are only interested in scientists and molecular biologists and logisticians because 70 percent of response to COVID-19 is logistics,”
Abayomi appealed to Lagos residents to stop making hoax calls to the coronavirus lines, revealing that about 31,040 calls, to report suspected and real cases on the dedicated lines to alert on coronavirus had been fake calls.