'They are with us' -- CCECC breaks silence on whereabouts of Chinese medical team/

The Managing Director of China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC), Michael Yigao, has revealed that the Chinese medical experts which arrived Nigeria on April 8 to support the country’s fight against the coronavirus pandemic are in custody of the company.

There have been dusts over the whereabouts of the team, with many Nigerians expressing fear over the development.

Such fears were heightened after the Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire, claimed the Federal Government could not account for the movement of the medical team.  

Breaking the silence over controversies surrounding the issue on Monday, Yigao explained the arrival of the Chinese medical team into Nigeria originally was to help the CCECC combat the virus particularly among its employees.

He said: “The team had a telecast meeting with the minister of health and some doctors around the country and shared their experience in China on how they’re fighting the virus and the meeting was very positive.

“They are here with us and have continued to teach our staff how to protect themselves because protection and prevention are more important than the treatment.

“Most of the workers understand the situation now and they know the risk, so they follow the proper procedures and cooperate with their instructors.”

Yiago went on to commend the Nigerian government for its handling of the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

He also revealed the Chinese medical team would depart Nigeria for China after ban flight on international flights to has been lifted.

He added: “Right now, commercial flight to China is not open, but when flights are open again, we’re considering the team going back to China.

“In a big country like Nigeria, it can be a bit difficult to control a pandemic because you will have to make all the people of such a large country understand that it is serious and real thing.

“I think Nigeria is taking this very seriously and you can see it in the implementation of the lockdown and the suspension of international flights etc.

“And like other companies in Nigeria, we will do whatever we can to help the country, like building treatment centres and training people on how to handle the virus.

“We understand the COVID-19 pandemic challenge in Nigeria because we are based here and have a lot of employees and we do believe, that with efforts from the government from the people, we will win this war.

“I hope the people of Nigeria understand that we need the help of all peoples across the world to win this fight against coronavirus.”