Coronavirus: statement by the Global Union of Ghanaian Scholars

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THE leadership of the Global Union of Ghanaian Scholars (GUGS), the umbrella body for Ghanaian Students’ Associations in the diaspora, would like to update all its members and stakeholders on the progression of the disease, most especially in China.

As of February 6, 2020, confirmed cases in China, which included cases confirmed in Hong Kong SAR and Macao SAR, total 28,104 with 566 deaths according to the Coronavirus Geographical Distribution, with 159 cases reported outside of China resulting in 1 death so far in the Philippines. With an estimated transmission rate of 4 percent and fatality rate of 2 percent, it’s becoming increasingly worrying so much so that all actions directed towards the safety of our members ought to be done with immediacy.

The leadership of the Global Union of Ghanaian Scholars (GUGS), the umbrella body for Ghanaian Students’ Associations in the diaspora, would like to update all its members and stakeholders on the progression of the disease, most especially in China.

As we continue to encourage and assist our members within China and all other affected geographical areas, we would urge the Government of Ghana to evacuate all Ghanaian Students, Scholars, and Academics from the Hubei Province, People’s Republic of China as soon as practicable.

Ghanaian Students, Scholars, and Academics, within this landlocked province, are, above all, at high risk of contracting this fatal disease caused by the 2019-nCoV.  The mortality rate in Wuhan city, Hubei Province is estimated at 4.9 percent, the highest of any city affected by this outbreak.

Moreover, city lockdowns and ‘disease-scare’ has descended heavily on the mental health of our members within the Hubei Province. Also, as carried out by other nations that show interest in the total wellbeing of their citizens, it would not be far-fetched to undertake evacuations with urgency. Howbeit, we encourage the strict adherence to WHO’s International Traffic Technical Guidance on “Exit and Entry screenings” to ensure that the virus is well-contained and eventually eradicated.

We, however, acknowledge the efforts of the Ghana Embassy in China, working on ways and means to aid the Students, Scholars, and Academics, who are most affected, and also, to the National Union of Ghana Students-China (NUGS-China) for their immense assistance in these hard times.

We are also continuing in our efforts, as a global body, to ensure that our members are in their best physical and mental selves.

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