The Federal Government has called on the Chinese government to lend its technical support to the fight against Coronavirus (COVID19), in the country, following 36 confirmed cases, two discharged and one death recorded.
Osagie Ehanire, minister of health, made the plea, when Zhou Pingjian, Chinese ambassador to Nigeria, made a donation of medical supplies and equipment to the ministry, on Monday in Abuja.
Ehanire commended the Chinese government for winning the fight against COVID19 as businesses and organisations have been allowed to reopen.
He said that the measures implemented by the Chinese government during the outbreak would be instructive to the country in order to control the virus.
The minister said the experience in China reinforced the importance of listening to science and public health experts during the pandemic.
He, therefore, asked the Chinese government to support Nigeria with its public health experts that would aide the country to review its strategies.
He said Nigeria would like to learn from the Chinese government on how they were able to put in place unprecedented containment and social distancing measures.
Ehanire said the country need mobility for contact tracing, ventilators, testing kits, and personal protective equipment,(PPE), to aide the fight against COVID-19 in the country.
Earlier, Pingjian said they would not forget sympathy and support extended by Nigeria when the Chinese people were in the most challenging stage of battling the epidemic.
“Virus respect no borders. In the face of public health emergencies, a common challenge humanity, the most powerful weapon we have is solidarity and cooperation,” he said