Minister said the health ministry will not be able to provide information about the Chinese health professionals because they are not being hosted by the ministry.
However, Ehanire noted that on COVID-19 the Presidential Task Force (PTF) was able to learn some things from the Chinese medical team by engaging with them from their experience in their region.
“Health ministry is not host to them. So, we can’t explain whatever happened to them or where they are. These doctors seem to be very interested but they are company workers and I think they are on company visa, “he said.
“Well, I’ll be really pleased if you don’t ask me where they are because in that sense they ‘re not really our guests. But by engaging with them on their experiences in their country, we were able to learn some things from them.
In another statement, the federal government directed the National Agency for the Administration and Control of Food and Drugs (NAFDAC) to perform an evaluation of the possibility of using herbal mixture to treat coronavirus. Health Ministry, via a memo with REF no. TCAM/077/I/65 by its Permanent Secretary, Mashi Abdullahi, addressed to NAFDAC Director-General Mojisola Adeyeye gave the order.
The move came in the midst of increasing calls to the government to find alternative local herbal mixture to cure Covid-19 as there was no vaccine for the virus that caused 271,410 death worldwide.