ABC News can authoritatively state that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration has hired the services of a Clinical Psychologist to take Ghanaian students in China through counselling.
The move by the Foreign Affairs Ministry is aimed at ensuring that students who may have developed anxiety and fears following the outbreak of the Coronavirus and the uncertainty over their stay in China will be taken care of to ensure their health isn’t adversely affected.
This was disclosed to ABC News by Ghana’s Ambassador to China, Edward Boateng, in an exclusive interview.
Edward Boateng told ABC News, “To ensure that our students stay healthy and are able to overcome their fears and anxieties, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration of Ghana has sought the services of a Clinical Psychologist to Counsel them at this crucial moment. Their services are available 24/7 to all students and Ghanaians in China.”
In addition to catering for their health needs, the Ambassador detailed that the mission is also liaising with universities where Ghanaian students are studying to ensure adequate provision of all necessary needs.
The Ministry, earlier disclosed that an equivalent of about GHC40, 000 had been sent to the students to used to purchase food and other safety materials as the Coronavirus infections kept rising and the city was locked down.
Despite the intervention, some students in China claim the funds are inadequate but the Ambassador insists, “The Embassy is working hard to ensure that all Ghanaians have access to their basic needs and food. We are in touch with their universities and working very closely with the authorities to ensure our students do not lack the basic necessities.”
The Coronavirus has infected more than 9, 000 people and led to the death of almost 1000 persons. Britain, Germany, Australia and other Asian countries have recorded suspected cases of Coronavirus.
Some countries have evacuated their nationals from China following the World Health Organisation’s laid down protocols, a move Minority in Parliament is demanding government to take.
They believe it is insensitive to leave the students in China when the situation in China is witnessing no improvement.
Government has insisted they are on top of issues and have not ruled out the possibility of transporting the students back to Ghana. They, however, explained that they want to fully access the situation and consider several options available at the moment.
In the meantime, the Foreign Affairs Ministry and Ghana’s mission in China have assured that all Ghanaians are safe and precautionary measures have been put in place to protect students and other Ghanaians in China.
“I would want to assure parents, family, loved ones and friends of Ghanaians in Hubei province and particularly in Wuhan as well as the entire Ghanaian population in China that even though the situation dire, the Ghana Embassy is working with the students and the Ghanaian community to ensure that we stay safe and adhere to safety and precautionary measures,” the Ambassador stated.