BY PHILIP ANTOH
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THE CHIEF of Abbeyman, Nii Abbey IV, known in private life as Ernest Kofi Attoh, is appealing to the government and non-governmental organisations to support the community to establish a community health clinic to administer healthcare.
According to him, pregnant women, children and adults in and around the community who fall sick end up dying prematurely because they travel long distances on bad roads to Amasaman before accessing good healthcare.
Nii Abbey said because the road network to the community is bad, women who are due for labour end up dying on their way to hospital while those who survive also end up losing their babies.
He made this known last Saturday, August 26, 2017, during the celebration of Obutu Homowo Festival at Abbeyman, where he said the chiefs and elders had allocated 10 plots of land for the establishment of a community clinic, a market and a school.
Nii Abbey said the community, with a current population of 10,000, cannot boast of any social amenity and good drinking water as its people fall on sachet water for domestic use.
He said families who cannot afford sachet water everyday have no other option than to fall on the contaminated Nsakina River.
He told the DAILY HERITAGE after the Obutu festival that the chiefs were raising GHȼ 200,000.00 for the project, adding that they had submitted their documents and site plan to the Ga West Municipal Assembly for approval.
“We hope to start around November this year and by next August we will be completing the projects,” Nii Abbey stated.
Nii Abbey again said to keep the community clean and safe; he is appealing to the government, through the assembly, to provide them with dustbins to dump in refuse to help avoid outbreak of cholera.
He added that ever since he was installed as chief of Abbeyman, he has organised many communal labour activities where residents of Abbeyman and its adjoining communities have embarked on clean-up exercises to beautify the town.
Abbeyman, which is predominantly a farming community, has over the years contributed immensely towards the food basket of the country, but it is way behind in terms of development.
The festival brought home those who live near and far and the chiefs led them to pray and pacify the gods with the sprinkling of kpokpoi to climax the event.
On his part, the Abbeyma Manye, Naa Armeley Latey III, also rallied the people for their support and called on the government to help establish a market in the area to boost the incomes of women in the community.
Naa Armeley called on philanthropists and corporate Ghana to support the community to build a public school because all the schools in Abbeyman are privately owned.