Chinese Ambassador to Ghana H.E. Shi Ting Wang is saying that it will be safe for Ghanaians studying in China especially in Wuhan city and Hubei province to stay there.
According to Ting Wang, The Chinese government will ensure that they have sufficient food, drinking water and other logistic support and will also provide excellent medical service if necessary adding that the facts have demonstrated that it’s the most safest choice for foreigners to stay in China and abide by the COVID-19 prevention measures of the Chinese government because the long distance international travel will highly increase the risks of COVID-19 virus infection.
Speaking at a press briefing today in Accra, H.E. Shi Ting Wang said “We understand their concerns. It’s normal and intelligible for those Ghanaian students in Wuhan and their parents to request for evacuation. However, the facts have demonstrated that it’s the most safest choice for foreigners to stay in China and abide by the COVID-19 prevention measures of the Chinese government because the long distance international travel will highly increase the risks of COVID-19 virus infection. For instance, US and other countries have not only evacuated their nationals back home, but also brought COVID-19 virus back to their home countries, which will undoubtedly threaten the health and safety of their families and friends and spread the epidemic worldwide.”
“It’s safe for Ghanaian students to stay in China at present. The Chinese government will ensure that they have sufficient food ,drinking water and other logistic support..We will also provide excellent medical service if necessary,” he added.
He however debunked rumors that “the Ghanaian students in Hubei province and Wuhan city are starving with no food and water are not true.”
Ting Wang assures parent whose wards are studying in China “the Chinese government has pledged to provide continuous supply of necessities to foreign students in Wuhan city and Hubei province. The provision of necessities is sufficient.
As far as I learn, each and every university in Wuhan has set up special working team to take care of the foreign students, including Ghanaian students. University supermarkets have adequate supplies on food and necessities. Foreign students can buy food whenever they need in the supermarket online. The universities distribute free three meals a day in addition to free masks, thermometers, disinfectants and other materials to foreign students and also help foreign students to buy daily necessities.”
The leader of the Chinese mission commended the Ghana government and the mission China for their immense job done during this medical emergency. ‘would also like to take the opportunity to say that the Government of Ghana, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration and your Embassy in China have also done a commendable job in term of assisting Ghanaian students in China. Your government has sent money and food and others to the students and your Embassy has kept a close eye on the students and linking up with relevant authority in China to make sure everyone is safe and sound.”
There had been pressure on government from some section of Ghanaians for the evacuation of the Ghanaian students studying in China.
However, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo in his State of the Nation Address has stated that the Government of Ghana will evacuate students from Wuhan in China if it becomes necessary.
He revealed that the Government is in constant touch with experts on the subject.
By: Joseph Nii Ankrah