Coronavirus: Parents issue 3-day ultimatum to government to evacuate children in Wuhan

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Parents of some Ghanaian students in China’s locked-down city, Wuhan have given government up to Friday, February 21 to evacuate their wards back to Ghana or face their wrath.

According to the parents, the Covid-19 infections and its attendant deaths are getting worse by the day, a situation they say has left their children traumatised.

They are therefore requesting the students be brought back home immediately, regardless of the possibility of the spread of the infection in Ghana.

Speaking at a presser in Accra Tuesday, the spokesperson for the families, Daniel Lartey suggested that the concerns of the students and their parents go beyond monetary and material support.

“All we need is evacuation, not the money the government is sending, not the funds, not the gari and the shito that the government is sending, we need the students to be evacuated.

“Because the intensity of the whole thing is getting worse, it is getting more serious and we are pleading the government to evacuate these students because people are dying around the students who are Chinese nationals,” he said.

“Ghana is not different from the countries which have evacuated their people and so we are pleading with the government to evacuate our brothers in China and bring them home. Of course, it is not 300 who are coming or 500 or 10,000 or 7,000 students.

“It’s just about 180 students who are willing and ready to come home and we are saying that even if the government will not pay, just do the necessary arrangement for us, the parents will pay and bring their children home,” he added.

Some parents who spoke to the media also expressed their frustrations

“I have a nephew and a daughter and in their school; everything is shut down. Even moving from hostel to come out for fresh air, they said they security men sacked them to go out. It is so traumatic. Just this morning he said that he has heard that about 20,000 infected Chinese are going to be executed and they live through all this trauma,” one of the parents said.

“So that’s why we are saying that we don’t need anything from government, they should just assist us because they cannot come individually

“If it even comes to the fact that we must pay for the airfares we will pay. We only need the government to assist to let students come,” he added.

“As a mother, my children have been stuck in the room for days and they just have a little amount of food and water. They can’t go out, they can’t buy. Even the money that they have is in the bank. They can’t have access to money or anything,” another parent said.


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