Exclusive: Government Will Not Be Evacuating 300 Ghanaian Students In China


Ghanaian students In China
Nana Akufo-Addo

Government of Ghana will not be evacuating about 300 Ghanaian students in the Wuhan Province in China, GhanaXtra.com can report.

This came to light when the Ghana Ambassador to China, Edward Boateng, met the leadership of the student body.

During the meeting with the Wuhan NUGS executives on Wednesday, February 12 2020, the Ambassador revealed that a decision has been taken not to evacuate the students.

The decision has surprised the about 300 students considering the fact that that was not the earlier promise that was made by the embassy.

Some of the students who spoke to this portal on condition of anonymity they expressed their frustration and disappointment.

They reveal that there is so much false news in Ghana in relation to what the government is doing about their plight.

“There is fake news all over in the media in Ghana that government has given us money, foodstuffs and nose masks. These are fabricated stories.

“The officials kept telling them all kinds of lies in the last 21 days of the lockdown. Last week the embassy even said they got a chartered flight to take us and that the details and cost had been sent to govt for approval.

“Personally I knew we will get here. From day one, I never trusted the contradictions from government.”

Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV)A novel coronavirus (nCoV) is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans.

Coronaviruses are zoonotic, meaning they are transmitted between animals and people.  Detailed investigations found that SARS-CoV was transmitted from civet cats to humans and MERS-CoV from dromedary camels to humans. Several known coronaviruses are circulating in animals that have not yet infected humans.

Common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death.

Standard recommendations to prevent infection spread include regular hand washing, covering mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing, thoroughly cooking meat and eggs. Avoid close contact with anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illness such as coughing and sneezing.

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