Pregnant women and critically ill patients in Asinesi, a remote farming community in the Yilo Krobo district of the Eastern region have no choice than to be carried on a bamboo stretcher and travel long distance just to board a vehicle to hospital due to the poor road network and the absence of a health facility in the area .
The road leading to the community is not motorable, preventing motorists from using the road. The only means of transport in the village is ‘Okada’ which is not even common as most Okada riders are reluctant to operate on the deplorable road.
According to residents, the situation has led to the death of many residents whose lives could have been saved if a health centre was available in the community.
The community, with a population of about 1000 depend solely on traditional medicine to cure critically ill patients. The only traditional birth attendant who delivers pregnant women has been bedridden creating despondency among pregnant women.
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Speaking to Starr News’ Eastern Regional Correspondent Kojo Ansah who visited the Community, Isaac Amanor, Assembly Member for the area said the situation is very troubling and something urgent must be done by government to fix the road network and provide a CHP compound in the community to provide basic health care.
“We are Ghanaians so we are telling the government to help us, we are suffering, even my wife is sick, we suffer a lot in this village, our road network is very deplorable, we have no electricity, no hospital, are we not Ghanaians ?”