The Minority in Parliament has renewed calls on government to, as matter of urgency evacuate Ghanaian students in China by Friday, February 14, 2020, to save them from the Coronavirus outbreak.

The death toll from the coronavirus epidemic is continuing to climb, Chinese officials said Tuesday. The government put the nationwide figure at 1,016. That was up 108 from the day before, when it was 908.

The Minority Members of Health Committee led by a MP for North Tongu and Minority Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, at a news conference in Parliament stressed: “it’s our demand that, Nana Addo led government evacuate our nationals in Wuhan, China, particularly students who are stranded and are crying out for help.”

The new coronavirus outbreak has been declared a global emergency by the World Health Organisation, as the outbreak continues to spread outside China.

According to the MP, “the leadership of this country can’t be callous and insensitive when it’s about lives of our nationals.”

“It’s times like this, we assess the value leadership places on lives of our citizens,” he added.

Mr. Ablakwa mentioned that in Africa, several Countries like Morocco, Egypt, Algeria, Kenya, Mauritius, Mauritania and Libya have all evacuated their citizens and Ghana can’t be left out.

He also maintained that, other countries like USA, Japan, South Korea, Germany, Russia, Britain, Canada, Netherland and co have evaluated their nationals in accordance with World Health Organisation protocol in relation to coronavirus infection.

Meanwhile, government says it has taken note of requests by Ghanaian students in China to be evacuated back coronavirus home in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak and is still considering them.

Information Minisiter Kojo Oppong Nkrumah at a media briefing said government is discussing the necessary protocols for evacuation, adding that as and when necessary, a decision will be taken.

Story filed by Edzorna Francis Mensah.

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