The Global Union of Ghana Scholars (GUGS), has applauded the Government for efforts it is making to provide for Ghanaian students in the Wuhan city of China but says it should begin the process of evacuating them.
Majority of the about 200 students have expressed their desire to be immediately returned home to save them of the anguish and psychological trauma over the fear of contracting of COVID – 19 (coronavirus disease), first identified in Wuhan in the Province of Hubei.
Making the call through the Ghana News Agency, in Accra, on Monday Dr Julius Dzah, the Vice President of the Union said: “We are not contesting the advice of the experts’ against rushing to evacuate them as cited by the Government; neither are we compelling the Government to bring them back home immediately.
“Our appeal is that the State must fast-track the requisite process to bring them home just as some members of the World Health Organisation (WHO), has done for their citizens.
“We know that none of them has the disease now and when they go strictly through the international pre-movement, during and post-movement protocols they won’t pose a risk to us when they return”.
The traumatised students, whose utmost concern was the fear of the unknown, he said, were willing to be quarantined upon arrival and go through the mandatory tests before their release to go home.
Dr Dzah said although the governments of Ghana and China were doing their best to provide them with basic supplies for their sustenance, the lockdown in the epicentre of the viral disease had made it difficult for them to fully access them.
To alleviate their plight, the Union urged stakeholders to donate to the 75,000 dollar fund it had launched to cater for the welfare of students scholars and academics.
The Union last week launched the initiative to mobilise logistics, especially facemasks. It has mobilised 2000 facemasks already.
“Please donate through Barclays Bank UK Branch: Argyle Street Barclays; Glasgow Account Name: Global Union of Ghanaian Scholars IBAN: GB21 BUKB 20292420250481/Swift Code: BUKBGB22 / Account Number: 20250481/Short Code: 202924,” he said.
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