Our medical experts primarily came to assist in preventing COVID-19 outbreak among our staff, play advisory role in Nigeria- CCECC
The Chinese experts who arrived Nigeria in early April were brought in primarily to assist the staff of China Civil Engineering Construction Company, CCECC, to prevent COVID-19 outbreak, the company said in a statement on Friday.
The construction firm said the experts underwent the compulsory 14-day quarantine on arrival into the country and were tested for the virus.
“The medical personnel, including infectious disease experts, were brought to Nigeria primarily to assist CCECC in preventing COVID-19 outbreak among its staff and providing expertise on COVID-19 management should the need arise,” the CCECC statement, posted on its Twitter page, read.
In addition to helping CCECC manage the pandemic, the experts also provided technical support to the Nigerian government in the installation of equipment at Thisday Dome, a 300-bed isolation centre.
“Upon invitation from the Federal Ministry of Health, the team has held a teleconference with the Ministry’s representatives and Nigerian medical experts in experience sharing sessions,” CCECC said.
“The medical personnel are in Nigeria at the instance of CCECC Nigeria and they have been, at all times, under the care and accommodation of CCECC,” the statement said.
“During their stay in Nigeria, they have complied with all known immigration and health protocols.”
CCECC noted that none of the experts are involved in the treatment of COVID-19 cases during their time in the country.
“In dealing with both the CCECC and the Nigerian health officials,” CCECC said, “the team only plays an advisory role.