Covid-19: NAPS warns FG on use of Chinese Doctors

By Daniel Ayantoye

NAPS National President, Activist Sunday Asuku

The National Association of Polytechnic Students (NAPS) has called on the Federal Government to shelf plans of bringing Chinese Doctors to help in the fight against the pandemic coronavirus.

NAPS, in a statement signed by the National President, Activist Sunday Asuku and the National Secretary, Yemi Adeniran Likedat and made available to CAMPUS FOCUS on Monday 6th April, 2020 stated that Nigeria Doctors and Medical Practitioners are still up to the task.

“The leadership of NAPS being the second largest students movement in Africa is an umbrella body for all institution awarding ND/HND cut across the six geopolitical zones of the federation.

“NAPS sincerely appreciate the efforts and gallantry of Nigeria made /based medical doctors and other medical practitioners for proving their worth and not disappointing NIGERIA expecially during this difficult and trying moment that the country is seriously battling with Covid-19, it is indeed a litmus test and we shall overcome.

“The leadership of National Association of Polytechnic Students (NAPS) hereby advice FGN to suspend and forget the plans to bring in Doctors from China, of course we have recorded a good number of Corona cases but with very few casualties recorded, resulting from the uprightness of our Medical doctors who are all over, risking their lives in a bid to defend their country from being swept away by the pandemic.

“At this time, Government at all level should be thinking of how to appreciate our doctors, boost their morals, improve their welfare package and make them understand we value them more than any other doctor anywhere, they were with us even when the world experts battled to survive and sustain their countries.
Statistics has clearly shown that Nigeria is trying in containing the deadly virus, following the fact that we are approximately 200m in population, haven been faced with the challenge of Covid-19 for almost two months with less than 300 cases, discharged good number of patients who have been tested negative after rigorous medical attention and less than 10 casualties nation-wide compared to what we have heard from other countries, what then is the need to hire experts from a country where casualties to the tune of hundreds and thousands in less than four months was recorded?

The statement further said “We enjoin the FGN to see this as a test of time, prepare for unseen circumstances, ugly situations and critical health challenges through proper funding and adequately equipping our hospitals to world standard, all teaching hospitals should be given special attention since that’s where our doctors are trained, the level of our Medical facilities greatly determines the quality of medical doctors produced not waiting for emergencies to occur before running around for fire brigade approach.

“Nigerian doctors are saving our lives and we regard them so much.” It added.

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