The Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) is opposed to plan by the federal government to bring in a team of 18 Chinese medical experts to assist Nigeria in the fight against COVID-19.
President of the association, Dr Aliyu Sokomba, said in a statement yesterday that the move was illegal as all doctors coming into the country are supposed to be licensed by the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria.
He advised government to shelve the plan forthwith and immediately engage all key relevant Nigerian medical experts including NARD and present the full intents and purpose of the planned importation of the Chinese experts for full evaluation, cost-benefit analysis and consensus on the best option.
He said: “The attempt to import Human resources for Health from China into Nigeria where many qualified medical doctors and other cadres of health workers are yet to be gainfully employed is the height of insensitivity and disservice on the part of the Federal Government and their advisers.
“The challenge at hand would have been sufficient marker to agitate the FG to the direction and timing for massive employment of medical and other health care workers to provide enough hands in the industry to battle the COVID 19 as other nations are doing.”