The Peoples Democratic Party PDP called on Nigerians to hold the President, Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressive Congress APC responsible if the country experience an upsurge in coronavirus infections and deaths, following the decision of the government to invite Chinese medical experts into the country to assist in the fight against the pandemic.
In a statement on Wednesday signed by the PDP Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, the party said it was alarmed that the President ignored protests by Nigerians and professional bodies, including the Nigerian Medical Association NMA and allowed the importation of the Chinese doctors, despite warnings that bringing in doctors from the hotbed of the plague will expose citizens to further risks.
The PDP also charged Nigerians to be extra vigilant at this time and asked the Presidential Task Force to outline the states and local governments where the Chinese doctors are expected to operate, to enable Nigerians monitor their activities as well as the aftermath of such activities.
The PDP statement reads: “The @OfficialPDPNig charges Nigerians to hold President @MBuhari responsible should there be any upsurge in the rate of COVID-19 infection and death in our country following the importation of doctors from China, the epicenter of the scourge, by the @MBuhari-led Federal Government.
The @OfficialPDPNig is alarmed that President @MBuhari ignored the protests by Nigerians and professional bodies including the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) and allowed the importation of the Chinese doctors despite warnings that bringing in doctors from the hotbed of the plague will expose our citizens to further risks.
“This is even as Nigerians across board have continued to question the status, identity and interest of the Chinese doctors as well as the safety of kits and equipment from China, particularly following scary reports of escalation of the scourge in certain countries reportedly after the arrival of Chinese medical personnel in those countries.
“Moreover, our doctors and nurses have been on top of the situation with records of recoveries and less casualties, thus raising questions about the real intentions of bringing in doctors from China.
“The situation is even more distressing as the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 had been making frantic effort to exonerate itself from the decision to bring in the Chinese doctors into our country.
“The @OfficialPDPNig wants President @MBuhari to note that Nigerians already know the pace, intensity and trajectory of COVID-19 statistics at the time the Federal Government, which he leads, gave passage to these Chinese doctors.
“Nigerians are aware that since the index case was reported till date, our nation’s COVID-19 data stands at 254 confirmed cases, out of which 44 have been successfully treated by our doctors with 6 deaths, which reportedly had other underlining ailments.
“Our party therefore calls on the entire world to hold President @MBuhari responsible should there be any sudden upsurge in COVID-19 infection and deaths in our country, now that the Chinese doctors have been brought in despite protests by Nigerians.
“The @OfficialPDPNig however charges Nigerians to be extra vigilant at this time as our party also demands that the Presidential Task Force outlines the states and local governments where the Chinese doctors are expected to operate, to enable Nigerians monitor their activities as well as the aftermath of such activities.”
According to records of the Nigeria centre for Disease Control NCDC, “as at 09:00pm 8th April, there are 276 confirmed cases of #COVID19 reported in Nigeria. Forty-four have been discharged with six deaths.”
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