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Coronavirus: Evacuate Ghanaians in China – Okudzeto Ablakwa urges Govt

Member of Parliament for North Tongu Constituency, Hon. Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa is asking the government to consider evacuating Ghanaians in China following the outbreak of the coronavirus.

The Legislator is of the view “it is time to follow the WHO evacuation and quarantine protocols other nations have complied with and proceed to evacuate the 170 Ghanaian students and other Ghanaians currently feeling trapped at the epicenter of what the WHO is describing as an unprecedented outbreak.”

Okudzeto Ablakwa adds that it is “better to have our compatriots back to Ghana safely, particularly at this time that there is no confirmation of a Ghanaian case than for us all to be sorry later.”

Some Ghanaian students in Wuhan in the Hubei Province of China last week called on the government to evacuate them because of the outbreak of the disease in the country.

The students had complained that they had run out of food supplies at a time when the Chinese government had imposed a lockdown on a number of cities in the country with more than 60 million people restricted in their movements.

In response to their request, the Ghana Embassy in Beijing, under the auspices of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration gave out a sum of 50,000 RMB (GHC 39,500.05, US$ 7,208.04) to the China Chapter of the National Union of Ghana Students (NUGS-China).

The Embassy has directed that 30,000 RMB (GHC 23700.03, US$ 4324.82) be given to the Chapters in Hubei Province and the remaining be committed to NUGS-China “Nkwa na Ɛhia” fund, created to provide support for all other chapters outside the Hubei Province.

Ghana ready to deal with coronavirus outbreak?

The Health Ministry says that it has triggered the country’s emergency preparedness and response plan amidst the rising number of infections from the novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in other countries of the world.

In light of this, it has designated the Ridge Hospital and the Tema General Hospital as centres to manage possible cases of the virus in the country.

It has also tasked Regional Health Directors to designate treatment centres in their respective regions to deal with cases if they arise.

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