Saturday 31 October, 2020

Dominicans in Wuhan: We are struggling, evacuate us



A group of Dominicans working and studying in China say they need to be evacuated from the epicentre of the coronavirus.

The Dominican Students Council-China (DSC-C) says it is imperative that the public be made aware of the gravity of the situation they’re facing.

Ten Dominican nationals are among those under quarantine in Wuhan, nine students and one employed individual.

Despite attempts by the Chinese government to cushion residents from the full force of the crisis, the DSC-C says the experience has been emotionally and mentally harrowing for many.

According to the group, there are Dominicans in China who are unable to access the most basic amenities.

“There are students in Wuhan who are unsure of how they will be able to access basic supplies such as clean drinking water, grocery items and disinfectants when their current supplies run out. The thought of not knowing where supplies will come from aggravates the psychophysiological injuries of many.”

While no Dominican national has been infected with the coronavirus, the DSC-C says the mental health of students is far from ideal.

“The virus has taken an obvious emotional and mental toll, and a comprehensive health report should take this into consideration. After weeks of isolation many are depressed, lonely and despondent.”

Though cognizant of the challenges associated with delivering aid to Dominicans trapped in
Wuhan, the DSC-C says CARICOM member states should work together to evacuate citizens who are stuck in Wuhan.

“Similar arrangements have been made by other countries who grouped together to get their citizens from Wuhan. There is strength in numbers and co-operation of nations would secure a better chance of providing assistance to those trapped in Wuhan.”

 The Council said in the interim, continued efforts should be made to provide relief to those most affected by the epidemic.

Attempts to contact Dominica's Ministry of Health for comment proved futile.

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