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Coronavirus: Nigeria pleads China for technical support

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Nigeria’s Ministry of Health (FMoH), has called on the Chinese Government to lend its technical support to the fight against Coronavirus (COVID19), in the country, following 36 confirmed cases, two discharged and one death recorded.

The Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, made the plea, when the Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria, Zhou Pingjian, made a donation of medical supplies and equipment to the ministry, on Monday in Abuja.

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Ehanire commended the Chinese government for winning the fight against COVID19 as businesses and organisations have been allowed to reopen.

He said that the measures implemented by the Chinese government during the outbreak would be instructive to the country in order to control the virus.

The minister said that the experience in China reinforced the importance of listening to science and public health experts during pandemic events.

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He, therefore, asked the Chinese government to support Nigeria with its public health experts that would aide the country to review its strategies.

He said that Nigeria would like to learn from the Chinese government on how they were able to put in place unprecedented containment and social distancing measures.

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Ehanire said that the country needs Mobility for contact tracing, ventilators, testing kits, and Personal Protective Equipment,(PPE), to aide the fight against COVID-19 in the country.

Earlier, Pingjian said that they would not forget sympathy and support extended by Nigeria when the Chinese people were in the most challenging stage of battling the epidemic.

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