The public has been urged to desist from stigmatising anyone or group with regards to the current COVID-19 outbreak.

This is because such outbreaks put the entire human race at risk and basically require the collaboration and cooperation of the entire global community for a solution.

Dr Benjamin Anyagre, the General Secretary of the Ghana China Friendship Association (GHACHIFA), told the Ghana News Agency in an interview that it was also very important for people to understand that anyone at all could get infected.

He said people with confirmed or suspected cases, therefore, needed as much support and understanding as possible, because no one was beyond getting infected.

Dr Anyagre said it was unfortunate for anyone to refer to the virus as the “Chinese virus” because that constituted a xenophobic attack on a particular group of people, and violated the UN Charter on human rights.

He noted that a number of epidemic outbreaks had occurred in the past, but had never been named after their respective countries of origin.

He said it was important now to tap into the expertise of the Chinese, concerning how they managed to curb the spread of the virus.

“Just as China has successfully curbed the spread of the virus, we appeal that they bring their best practices to bear on Ghana and other afflicted countries,” he said.

Dr Anyagre said GHACHIFA was highly appreciative of the gesture of solidarity and support by China towards supporting Ghana in fighting the pandemic.

With Ghana’s number of confirmed novel coronavirus infections now reaching over 130 with three deaths, a number of organisations, including the Ghana Medical Association, had called on the Government to declare a total shutdown to curb the pandemic.

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The Ghana news Agency (GNA) was established on March 5, 1957, i.e. on the eve of Ghana's independence and charged with the "dissemination of truthful unbiased news". It was the first news agency to be established in Sub-Saharan Africa. GNA was part of a comprehensive communication policy that sought to harness the information arm of the state to build a viable, united and cohesive nation-state. GNA has therefore been operating in the unique role of mobilizing the citizens for nation building, economic and social development, national unity and integration.

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