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COVID-19: NANS threaten protest over hiring of Chinese doctors

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By Nosa Akenzua, Asaba

The National Association of Nigerian Students, NANS zone B on Wednesday threatened mass protest against federal government’s decision to invite Chinese doctors to Nigeria to help deal with Coronavirus Pandemic.

In a statement signed by Comrade Jeremiah Friday Ohomah, Coordinator, NANS zone B South South and South East, the group stated ” the world at large is battling with the Pandemic which has affected many top Countries and most Countries are earnestly striving with her local team of doctors and associated health workers in a bid to protect lives”, adding that it was time the Nigerian Government is supposed to work together with the team of medical professionals, health and Community workers across the Country to Provide lasting measures to Covid-19 Pandemic

The statement further averred” let’s train our own Medical personnel, let us build on what we have: this will promote Independence rather than dependence on external help”, and bemoaned the lack of equipment in hospitals in various states and many local government areas in Nigeria, regretting that Nigeria Could not boast of functional health facilities, which makes accessibility of proper medical services difficult for the masses.

Meanwhile, the traditional rulers has advised Deltans to continue to cooperate with the state government by fully complying with the 14- day lockdown.

The state Chairman of the traditional rulers, HRM, Obi Efeziomor 11, said that there was need for all Deltans to be resilient till the end of the stay at home order, describing Deltans as peace loving and law abiding people who were ready to make sacrifices for the Common good of all

While Commending residents for Complying with Government directives on COVID-19, Obi Efeziomor 11 urged the people to be patient as the at home order would soon be over, adding that tackling the pandemic required a high level of Personal discipline, adding that protocols,as advised by medical expsrts , Particularly social distancing and regular washing of hands should be strictly adhered to

Obi Efeziomor 11 however called on Governor Ifeanyi Okowa to continue to show leadership qualities in handling the affairs of the already built across the state and assured that the traditional rulers will continue to Sensitize the people

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