Asinesi, the neglected village cries for help

A patient being carried on a bamboo stretcherPregnant women and the sick needing medical care in Asinesi, a farming community in the Yilo Krobo District of the Eastern Region, are carried on a bamboo-made stretcher on foot for a distance of 9.8 kilometres, to board vehicles to hospital due to the poor road network and non availability of a health facility in the area.

The road leading to the community is not motorable, hence vehicles do not ply it.

The only means of transport to and from the community is motor cycle popularly known as “Okada”, which is not regular as most riders were reluctant to operate on the deplorable road. 

The assembly member, Tetteh Isaac Amanor, who shared the community’s plight with The Ghanaian Times said the situation had led to deaths of many residents who could have been saved if a health centre was available at the community or a motorable road connecting the community and Somanya to the nearest town.

The bad nature of the roadHe said that, the community with a population of about 1,000 had to travel a distance of 9.8 kilomtres before accessing medical care.

Mr. Amanor said in view of the difficulties the people go through in accessing health care, they had resorted to relying on traditional medicine for the cure of their ailment.

He said the only traditional birth attendant who attends to deliveries of pregnant women was bedridden, leaving them to their fate at the time of labour.

The assembly member said several letters had been presented to the Yilo Krobo Municipal Assembly for the upgrading of the road to make it motorable, but it yielded no positive results.

“My uncle and a lady died two months ago after a short ailment but they could have been saved if they had access to a health facility or given due to medical attention of the distance we have to travel, they died on the way before we got to the hospital,” he lamented.

He described the condition as very frustrating and pleaded with the government to fix the road and to construct a Community-based Health Planning and Services (CHPS) compound to provide basic health care services to the community.

Mr. Amanor said the community also lacks clean drinking water as the entire population depended on polluted stream water emanating from rocks.

He indicated that women including students had no other option than to wake up at 2am and walk long distances to get water for household chores during the dry season when the only stream water got dried out.

Additionally, he said, the only existing three classroom blocks built of mud for primary one to three, had also become a death trap.

Mr. Amanor said, there were no desks for writing and pupils sit and write on benches with only one untrained teacher posted to the school by the Youth Employment Agency.

The challenge of the deplorable state of the school structure and lack of trained teachers, he added, was the cause of increasing rate of school dropouts in the community adding that parents fear the structure would collapse and kill their wards.

“We feel neglected as a community that is not on the Ghana map because the leaders could have responded to our letters and numerous efforts and come to our aid.”

“We the people of Asinesi are suffering a lot in this village, our road network is very deplorable, we have no hospital, no good water to drink not to talk of electricity, are we not Ghanaians?” Mr. Amanor anxiously asked.

 

From David Kodjo, Asinesi.

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