I wish to bring to your notice that on Monday , 27th January, 2020 an emergency meeting will be held with the of Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs to discuss how we manage the ongoing situation. The African Diplomatic Corps will also meet with the World Health Organization to deliberate on the necessary protocols needed to be taken with regards to the over 4600 African students in Wuhan and ultimately, all Africans at the epicentre of the virus in Wuhan.
In addition, the Government of Ghana, through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, has been made aware of developments with regards to the spread of the virus and contingency plans are under discussion.
I want to reiterate however the need for all not to panic, rather be each other’s keeper and do well to take all the prescribed precautions and also take the flu shot once movement restrictions are relaxed or lifted.
Furthermore, we have reached out to the International Migration Organization and other organizations to see how best to address the issue at hand.
I would once again want to entreat all, to adhere to the health and safety protocols and to make it a point to follow the news updates on the coronavirus on CCTV News, BBC, CNN and CGTN. Do not take information from unapproved social media sources. Also contact your doctor or known medical personnel if you have any medical worries.
This is indeed a tough time for all but we are a strong and determined people and together we shall get through it all.
We at the Ghana Embassy, Beijing, take the well-being of all Ghanaians seriously and are monitoring the situation.
Edward A. Boateng