Deplorable road networks in the Nkwakwanua, a community within the Effiduasi-Asokore District in the Ashanti Region, is hampering efforts by the Ghana Health Service (GHS) to provide quality healthcare to the people of the Area.
Mr Wisdom Owusu who is the in-charge of Nkwakwanua health center said maternal and infant mortality, had been on the increase whereas respiratory tract infections had also become one of the top 10 OPD attendance of health centres within the District.
The respiratory diseases are as a result of the dusty roads mixed with the high exhaust fumes from vehicles, which have become rickety due to the poor roads.
The bad roads he said were adversely impacting on healthcare delivery and therefore implored the government to as a matter of urgency, fix the roads in the communities around the health center to save lives.
‘What we have come to realise is that, the rough nature of the road network is significantly having an impact on the health of the people and that is partly causing their deaths’, Nana Owusu Ababio lamented.
According to him, apart from Effiduasi to Asokore, almost all the roads were not tarred and described the situation as ‘terrible’.
Nana Owusu Akyaw Ababio expressed these sentiment in an exclusive interview with Silver FM’s Akwadaa Nyame when the he visited the community.
The assembly member for Nkwakwanua electoral area Hon Joseph Kwame Appiah on the other hand said, during the dry season, the level of dust in the area becomes quite terrible and we are seeing a lot of respiratory tract infections such as cold, pneumonia and other chest disorders and that is reflecting in our top ten OPD attendance while farmers also can not transport their farm produce when ever it rains. Hon Joseph Appiah is confident that once the roads is fixed, it would significantly reduce the incidence of respiratory tract infections recorded in the community and help the farmers gain more profit even in the rainy season.
The Midwife in charge of the Nkwakwanu health center Mr Wisdom Owusu said, the health center had over the years lacked essential medical equipment such as delivery beds, detention beds, patient monitors, foetal heart monitors, vehicle to transfer patients when there is emergency and other hospital apparatus.
He expressed that, the center need more staffs to run shift especially at night and also staff accommodation.
Credit Akwadaa Nyame (Silver FM)