Coronavirus: We’ll evacuate Ghanaian students when necessary

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President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has stated that Ghanaian students in Wuhan, the epicentre of the deadly coronavirus outbreak in China, will be evacuated only when it becomes necessary.

The President addressing Parliament during his 4th State of the Nation Address revealed that there are over 4600 Ghanaian students in China adding that over 300 are located in Wuhan.

He, however, added that the students are currently safe and are in constant touch with Ghana’s mission in China.

“We have not ruled out the option of repatriating Ghanaian students from Wuhan due to the outbreak of Coronavirus if it becomes necessary.”

The President also cautioned MPs not dabble in ill politics and aim to score cheap political points with the evacuation of Ghanaian students in China since it is a very delicate matter.

Ghanaian students in China have been unhappy about the government’s refusal to evacuate them from the coronavirus-hit country.

Foreign Affairs Minister, Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey on Tuesday revealed that government upon consultations had decided not to evacuate the Ghanaian students stranded in China amidst the 2019 novel coronavirus outbreak.

She added that due to the decision, other measures like the shipment of local food items among others are being executed to support and ensure that the students are comfortable.

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