BY PHILIP ANTOH
RESIDENTS OF Lartei, a community in the Nsawam Adoagyiri Municipality in the Nsawam District of the Eastern Region, get isolated whenever it rains as the area is cut off due to floods and bad roads that link the communities.
According to the livid residents, pregnant women and sick people who seek healthcare outside the area are carried on wooden structures to cross streams to access healthcare, an act that is dangerous to both the sick and those carrying them.
The only health post in the area, Naco Lis Medical, a private facility, is ill-equipped to deal with major cases and is also struggling to administer healthcare due to debts owed it by the National Health Insurance Authority.
A resident of the area, Mr Sistus Manasseh, told the DAILY HERITAGE that the community needed help because the rains had set in.
Mr Manasseh said the situation was such that any time it rained the community was cut off from the adjoining villages.
Teachers and other workers are usually compelled to sleep in the town because floods had blocked the access routes.
He said the distance from the main road to the Lartei community was about 100 metres and because there is no bridge on the river connecting the community to the road, residents have to take a detour through Dobro and Nsumiah, a distance of about three kilometers, using an untarred road and crossing three different streams to get to the community.
The president of the Residents Association in the area, Mr Cyrus Zorre, said students in the community abandon school during the rainy season because the roads become inaccessible.
Mr Zorre said the community is surrounded by Nsumiah, Chinto, New Afutu, Ayibge Town and Sakyikrom, but when it rains the community is cut-off completely from its neighbours.
“We have been able to organise a communal labour to construct the road from the community to the riverbed but when we contacted a contractor to complete the construction the cost was too huge for us alone to bear,” he stated.
Mr Zorre revealed that due to the bad nature of the road network, few drivers and motorists ply the bad roads and charge exorbitant fares.
“Sometimes new drivers abandon their passengers in the middle of the road because they consider the road unpassable,” he said.
He is therefore appealing to the government and the Member of Parliament (MP) for the area to, as a matter of urgency, construct a bridge on the stream to allow easy access to the community.
Speaking to the DAILY HERITAGE, the MP for the area, Mr Frank Annor Dompreh, said “I am working on it and has already written a letter to the Minister of Roads and Highways and it has been accepted.
“I am fully aware of their situation and met with the residents in the area over the weekend to explain to them the progress so far. Work is in progress and I am doing everything possible to ensure that the road is done,” he assured residents.