22 November 2012

Ghana: Zezera Electorate Demand Construction of Drobo-Zezera Road

Residents of Zezera in the Jaman South District of the Brong-Ahafo Region are calling on the government to, as a matter of urgency, construct the road linking Zezera to Drobo.

According to them, the bad nature of the road has been a major cause of death to some pregnant women over the years.

A journey of 45 minutes took the Brong-Ahafo File one and half hours, when it set off from Drobo, the district capital, to join the terrible road, while the numerous deep holes sent shivers of fear down the spine of the reporter.

Drivers had taken advantage of the situation to charge exorbitant fees to the detriment of the passengers, whilst due to the inability of more drivers to ply the route, residents of Zezera have purchased motorbikes as their main mode of transport.

Kwaku Bruno, who plies the route with a motorbike, told the Brong-Ahafo file that he had on several occasions transported pregnant women in labour to the hospital at Drobo, and appealed to the government to come to their aid.

A mini bus driver, Kwame Philip, accused politicians of using the Zezera-Drobo road as their campaign message over the years, saying, "After voting them into government, they fail to fulfill the juicy promises."

Aside the poor nature of the road network, healthcare delivery was being hampered by the absence of electricity at the Zezera Health Centre.

Residents of Zezera again, appeal that the community centre be turned to a health centre urgently, and needs electrical re-wiring to enable it use electricity, since the facility was blessed with equipment and human resource needed for quality healthcare services.

However, none of these equipmens could be used, because anytime they were connected, the cables burn.

The Brong-Ahafo file was told that since the structure was constructed some years ago, no major renovation work had been done.

The electrical cables have become weak and, therefore, need replacement, because the health workers only rely on re-chargeable torch light when the health centre receives an emergency case deep in the night.

The midwife in charge of the health centre, Cecilia Achiaa, hinted that due to the situation the centre was unable to attend to labour cases at night, and recounted a case involving a pregnant woman who had a snake bite, but died while being transferred to the Drobo Hospital.

Madam Achiaa, therefore, appealed to the necessary quarters and other benevolent organisations, as well as individuals, to give them a helping hand in order to remedy the situation.

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