Uncertainty of Chinese doctors,amounts to betrayal of public trust –PDP to APC

Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, says the APC-led
administration’s inability to account for the whereabouts of
the Chinese medical team brought into Nigeria, amounts to
a direct betrayal of public trust. The main opposition party expressed concern that the APC-led Federal Government is being economical with the truth,
while its officials are playing politics with the lives of
Nigerian citizens and health safety of the nation.
The Party in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary,
Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan, noted that the situation has
heightened fears of conspiracies by certain unpatriotic
interests in the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, to
compromise the health architecture of the nation and expose
its citizens to danger. The party, therefore, gave the APC a 48-hour ultimatum to
declare the whereabouts of the Chinese medical team who purportedly came to assist in the fight against the spread of
COVID-19.
The statement explained that its position is based on the
alarming declaration by the Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie
Ehanire that he cannot account for the whereabouts of the
Chinese team, who were brought into the country from the
epicenter of the pandemic, despite repeated warnings and
disapprovals by Nigeria’s medical experts and professional
bodies. The PDP said “More so, the minister’s statement had
heightened apprehensions in the public space that the
Chinese team, whose identity and activities have been
shrouded in secrecy, might have been brought in by a
certain cabal for another purpose outside the general public
good.” The PDP recalled how officials of the APC-led
administration had strongly defended the invitation of the
Chinese team and offered them full state protocol upon
arrival, only to turn around to disclaim the supposed
experts, deny involvement with them and even forbid
Nigerians from inquiring about their whereabouts.
The party described as suspicious and weird the notion that
the minister of health, who had repeatedly assured that the
Chinese were brought to render medical services and
training, went personally to receive them at the Nnamdi
Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja on April 8, 2020, in a
publicized event, can no longer account for the team.
The party said Nigerians can recall how the Federal
Government had failed to respond to demands by our party
and other well-meaning Nigerians for the particulars of the
members of the team, their medical status, scope of
operation, detailed itinerary within our country as well as the
safety of the equipment they brought into the nation.
The party also expressed worry over reports of escalation of
the scourge in certain countries reportedly after the arrival of
Chinese medical personnel in those countries and insisted
that the APC administration be held responsible should
there be any sudden upsurge in COVID-19 infection and
deaths in the country, with the arrival of the said Chinese
medical team. The party invited Nigerians to take note of the nation’s
COVID-19 data, stressing that upon the arrival of the
Chinese team in April, it stood at 254 confirmed cases with
44 successfully treated by the doctors and 6 deaths, which
reportedly had other underlining ailments.
It noted that today, the data stands at no less than 5,450
cases and 171 deaths, saying that the party insists that the
PTF on COVID-19 should immediately come out with the
truth and provide explanations on the whereabouts of the
team in the next 48 hours to douse the tension in the
country. The PDP urged Nigerians to remain vigilant while
intensifying personal and public health safety strategies at
this critical time.

Source: dailypost.ng

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