Yilo Krobo Municipality, Eastern Region, Ghana – Residents of Samlesi in the Yilo Krobo Municipality of the Eastern Region are urging the Government to construct a Community Health Planning Service (CHPS) compound to improve health service delivery in the area.
They emphasize the need for a well-equipped facility to replace the current single room that is ill-equipped and in a state of disrepair, citing the detrimental impact on the community's health.
Manye Dagye, the Queenmother of Samlesi Aplesu, spoke to the Ghana News Agency and highlighted the challenges faced by women in the community due to the deplorable road conditions they have to endure while travelling to the CHPS compound.
She revealed that there have been several cases of miscarriages among women in the community, underscoring the urgency for an improved health facility.
Dagye recounted a harrowing incident where a woman gave birth near Nobi Market because they couldn't reach the Tafo Hospital due to road conditions.
She expressed concerns about the safety and well-being of the community, with residents often having to take on the role of midwives to ensure safe deliveries.
The Aplesu Chief, Nene Teye Moses, noted that snakebites were a significant cause of fatalities in the town.
Due to the dilapidated state of the clinic, they couldn't provide adequate first aid in such situations, leading to victims' deaths while being transported to the Tafo Government Hospital, which is located at a considerable distance.
Nene Teye Moses appealed to the authorities and non-governmental organizations for assistance in constructing a CHPS facility in the community. He emphasized that the community has available land for this purpose and urgently needs the infrastructure.
Mr. Eric Tetteh, the Municipal Chief Executive of Yilo Krobo, acknowledged the challenges faced by the residents and called for support to alleviate their suffering.
He highlighted the devastating consequences of not having adequate healthcare facilities and urged assistance to ensure that no one dies from preventable illnesses or snakebites.
Mr Tetteh also noted that early vaccinations were a critical aspect of healthcare, and the absence of proper facilities was detrimental to children's health.
The lack of immediate medical attention often led to the tragic death of snakebite victims in the community. He echoed the residents' plea for urgent intervention to improve healthcare delivery in Samlesi.