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Residents of some communities in the Bosomefreho District of the Ashanti Region have appealed to the government to provide them with basic social amenities.

The residents in an interview with Silver FM's Akwadaa Nyame particularly complained about the absence of health, educational and toilet facilities.

Bosomefreho District is one of the largest districts in the Ashanti Region in terms of land size. It has Asiwa as its capital.

Silver News checks have revealed that communities in the district lack basic social amenities such as health, educational facilities and public places of convenience.

Apantubuom, one of the communities in the area has school a school from class 1 to class 6 where the children has to walk about seven miles to continue JHS 1 to 3 meanwhile, the community has no public toilet and health facilities.

The residents in an interview indicated that the absence of public toilet facilities leaves them with limited options, as they are forced to defecate in the bush.

They want authorities to help construct modern public toilet facilities for them.

”We face a lot of challenges when it comes to issues related to health, water and access to toilet facilities. A visit to the community send me to the queen mother in the area and discussed with him, the need to build a toilet facility in the community. Nana Ama Serwaa lamented that, it's a shameful if someone is to visit them. "We are forced to go to the Forest and dig in order to ease ourselves.”

“If you don’t dig and you are caught doing open defecation, you will be in trouble. This makes living here at Apantubuom very uncomfortable. We are therefore appealing to the government to help build a toilet facility for us,” Nana Ama Serwaa appealed.

Residents in need of urgent health services are compelled to travel to other communities to receive medical attention.

According to the Assembly member of the area, Hon Adu Asabre Lot, the situation gets worse during emergency situations. Therefore calling for government’s support.

“There is no closer health facility here except the one at the district capital, Asiwa and other near by district like Bekwai and Konogo. The one at Asiwa is not even in good shape. It is unable to address most of our health needs. When you fall sick, a motor bicycle would be used to convey you to a health centre. If you don’t have access to a motor bicycle, you would carried on shoulders because no car will come to the area because of the nature of the road. The situation gets worse when one is in labour. Members of this community have only one traditional birth attendant who used to help pregnant women but she is old now and can not even see properly.

Story by Akwadaa Nyame | SilverFM


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