ACCRA, March 25 (Xinhua) -- A former Ghanaian ambassador to China has urged his country to emulate the approach adopted by China to overcome the COVID-19 pandemic.
Speaking live on a talk-show on the national television station GTV, Anani Okuminyi Demuyakor, former Ghana's ambassador to China, said it took the Chinese discipline, patriotism, and strong leadership to take the measures that combat the disease in their country.
Demuyakor, who had witnessed China's earlier battle with SARS in 2003, said the strong leadership was what mobilized the resources to put up health facilities in record time to be able to contain the current outbreak.
"One good thing about the Chinese is that when there is a problem, they go into action to find solutions, and that is what they did in this fight," the former ambassador said.
He lauded the Chinese authorities for their bold decision to lock down Wuhan and other cities affected by the pandemic, adding that the citizens also took it as a civic responsibility of adhering to the lock-down.
"So we have to look at the way the Chinese did it, and in that regard, the civic responsibility of citizens is very crucial for Ghanaians," he stated.
He added, "The Chinese saw that they had a crisis on their hands, so they came together to deal with it. You saw retired nurses, retired doctors, military, police who were all volunteering support."
From that experience, he said China was now able to send personnel and logistics to support the fight in other countries, and he urged the leaders of Ghana to take advantage of the experience and data of China to find an early solution to the COVID-19 outbreak in the country.