The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) has again kicked against the arrival of the 15-member Chinese doctors in Nigeria on Wednesday, saying its members would not work with them.
The Chinese team, which arrived Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, was said to have come to help Nigeria in its struggle against COVID-19.
NMA President, Dr. Francis Faduyile, was quoted by THISDAY to have said the Chinese physicians would not practice in Nigeria until they have gone through the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN), write examinations and get certified.
His statement was in spite of the assurance of the federal government that the Chinese medical team would not be practising medicine during their mission, but focusing on installing medical equipment and training Nigerians on their operations, among others.
He was quoted to have said: “There is nothing the Chinese doctors will do that can complement what we are doing. Nigerian doctors have been doing well so far. We have made our position known that we do not need these Chinese here at this time.
“We heard the Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, said they were going to quarantine them for 14 days before being allowed to support the treatment of persons with COVID-19.
“For them to practise in Nigeria, they should undergo our council examinations, and if they are eventually successful, then they can complement our work. Otherwise, we will have no interaction with them.”
Yet, he expressed appreciation for the medical supplies brought into the country by the Chinese, saying the items were not easy to come by.
“We have no issues with their supplies. We will not reject their gifts because they are needed. But, Nigeria has the expertise to fight COVID-19,” he said.
Faduyile had said: “The federal government did not take into consideration the extant laws regulating the practice of medicine in Nigeria as enshrined in the MDCN Act. MDCN was not consulted before granting the necessary approval for foreigners to interact with Nigerian patients.”