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Chinese medical team arrives in Nigeria soon — Health minister

The Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, on Friday, said that Chinese doctors, nurses and medical experts would arrive in Nigeria in a few days to assist in the fight against COVID-19.

The minister said this during a briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 in Abuja.

Cases in Nigeria have reached 210 as the global figure also surpassed one million mark. He said Nigeria was also exploring the possibility of producing some medical equipment after key stakeholders met in Abuja on Thursday.

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The coming of the Chinese medical experts was announced just as the Director-General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, said efforts to contain COVID-19 in Nigeria were being limited by finance, manpower and other indices despite the support from government and individuals.

Ehanire said, “The global number has crossed one million mark, barely three months after the first cases were first reported in Wuhan, China. It is an indication that it is a public health challenge that we must not take lightly.”

He continued, “We are already seeing what may be the indication of community transmission, in that 30 per cent of the cases have incomplete epidemiological information. 51 per cent are imported cases and 19 per cent are through contacts of known cases.

“Directors of the Federal Ministry of Health had discussions with the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment and Manufacturers Association of Nigeria to explore the potential for local production of medical consumables such as face masks, gloves, sanitisers and even ventilators.

“This is in view of looming global shortages of medical supplies for the response due to high demands from all countries. Clinical trials and other processes are ongoing to validate various therapeutic for COVID-19 treatment.”

After the briefing, Nigeria recorded 20 new cases: 11 in Lagos State, three in FCT, three in Edo State, two in Osun State and one in Ondo State.

- Chinese medical supplies coming -

Ehanire said he had been notified of medical supplies from China courtesy of a group of Chinese companies working in Nigeria.

“A special cargo aircraft shall leave Nigeria in a few days to collect the items which include Personal Protective Equipment and ventilators.

“Of great interest is that an 18-man team of medical experts from China, including doctors, nurses and medical experts shall come along with the flight to assist us,” he said. Punch

Ebola concerns in Tanzania are ‘rumours’-Health Minister

Tanzania on Thursday again dismissed concerns about possible Ebola cases in the country as “rumours which everyone should ignore”, after the US and Britain warned their citizens over a suspect case.

Health Minister Ummy Mwalimu said there had been no confirmed cases of Ebola in Tanzania, which shares a border with the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) where more than 2,100 people have died in an outbreak of the disease.

She said since 2018 when that epidemic in DRC began, Tanzania had identified 28 suspected cases of the disease including two in September but all had tested negative.

On Tuesday, Britain issued updated travel advice to its citizens, saying it appeared “probable” that a person who died there succumbed to an Ebola-related death.

The US State Department, in its own update, also listed unofficial reports over the unexplained death of a person from in Tanzania from “probable Ebola”.

Mwalimu acknowledged “the threat is real” in Tanzania as the country shares a boundary with the DRC.

She said screening for Ebola at airports and border crossings would be stepped up, and asked the international community to support Tanzania’s efforts to defend itself against the disease.
Last month,the World Health Organization (WHO) issued a lengthy statement detailing how Tanzania had failed to provide information on suspected cases of Ebola in the country.

Tanzania then summoned the top WHO official in the country for an explanation.
In the rare rebuke, the UN health agency said it had not confirmed any case of Ebola in Tanzania, but raised concerns about the death of a person with suspected Ebola, and contacts who had since fallen ill.

It said despite repeat requests, it had not received further details from Tanzania over these suspect cases, including results from tests or investigations.

Mwalimu said there had been no need to send the samples to the WHO laboratory as they had tested negative.(TheGuardian)
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