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Ghanaian students in China safe and healthy – Health Minister

The Ministry of Health has stated that its consultations and engagements with health stakeholders concerning the Coronavirus do not advise mass evacuation of Ghanaians from China.

It indicated that the West Africa Health Organization is also engaging member states and has not recommended evacuation yet.

Government, the Ministry said, is however concerned about Ghanaian citizens in China especially the students and is working to ensure their protection, safety, and wellbeing.

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In a release signed by the Minister of Health, Kwaku Agyeman-Manu, the Ministry assured that so far not a single Ghanaian in China has been affected by the deadly infection.

It assured parents and relatives of Ghanaian students in Wuhan City particularly, and the entire Hubei Province that their relations are in good hands and being taken good care of.

Government, it said, is constant engagement with Ghana’s embassy in China as well as the Chinese authorities through their ambassador in Ghana.

The Health Minister assured that Ghana’s emergency preparedness, response, and surveillance have been heightened and proven to be effective and efficient.

He indicated that Ghana has encountered 15 suspected Coronavirus cases since the infection went global but tests and results conducted at the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research have been negative.

Extensive key stakeholder engagements, he said, have been held with all regional directors of the health services and chief executive officers of the Teaching Hospitals.

According to him, preparedness for emergency responses have been reviewed following an alert issued them and stressed the Ministry is satisfied with preparations that have so far been made across the regions.

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“Disease surveillance within the country and at the points of entry has been heightened, as we work in collaboration with the Ghana Immigration Service and other Port Authorities.”

“Our prevention and control mechanisms cut across strengthening Surveillance internally and at Points of Entry, Case Management, Risk Communication, and Social Mobilization, Coordination, Laboratory testing, and Logistics support,” the release said.

Mr. Agyeman-Manu indicated that the Ministry is working in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO), the West African Health Organization, US Center for Disease Control and other development partners, discussing and reviewing strategies.

He assured the public that per the management of all outbreaks, which is a dynamic activity, the Ministry will continue to monitor the situation and act as appropriate.



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