President Akufo-Addo is unhappy with attempts by Minority in Parliament to introduce what he calls “ill-judged politics” into debates surrounding the coronavirus outbreak.
The President said this only tends to spread fear and panic among students in China.
“We have a delicate situation on our hands, Mr. Speaker and it doesn’t benefit anybody to try to score points by introducing ill-judged politics into this ongoing medical conundrum and humanitarian tragedy. And I entreat this honourable house to set up an example by helping to pour oil over troubled waters instead of instigating tension and spreading fear and panic among the young people,” the President said while delivering his 2020 State of the Nation Address in Parliament.
We haven’t ruled out the possibility of evacuating students
He further indicated that government had not ruled out the possibility of evacuating Ghanaians in China if the need arises.
“The government is in constant touch with experts on the subject who have advised that the basic principle of public health is to confine the disease to the area of origin but we have not ruled out the option of evacuating the students from Wuhan if that becomes necessary. We have put in place measures to ensure that the evacuation back into Ghana if it happens, does not lead to the dissemination of fear and panic amongst the general population.”
The President said since the outbreak of the Coronavirus, the government through its mission also “supplies logistics and the embassy has given so far 500 dollars to each student.”
“However, we know that no amount of logistics will make up for the extreme stress and trauma that these young people are going through,” the President said.
He said the Chinese government had also offered its support to students since the outbreak.