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Bongo: Drinking spot turned into weighing centre – Assemblyman for Kunkua-Daliga raises concerns about health needs of residents 

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The Assemblyman for the Kunkua-Daliga Electoral Area, Solomon Anabia Asapmana, in the Bongo District of the Upper East Region has drawn attention to the need for authorities to pay critical attention to the health needs of the people of the area.

When Mr. Asampana spoke on A1 Radio’s Day Break Upper East Show, he explained that attempts to get a CHPS compound to be constructed by the Bongo District Assembly has proved futile. 

In an attempt, as a community, to meet their own needs, a businessman offered to volunteer his place of business for use as a weighing centre and as a makeshift delivery centre. The unit, before it became a weighing centre was a “drinking spot named Hot Spot,” Mr. Asampana said. 

Additionally, there are only two health professionals who have been posted to work in the makeshift structure. Both health workers do not reside within the electoral area.

“Health is our major concern. The government says that every electoral area must have at least one CHPS compound but the Kunkua-Daliga electoral area is the exception. During the COVID era, I ran to the health directorate and they gave me a community health nurse. We only have a weighing centre. Somebody was having his drinking spot at the centre of the electoral area. At a meeting to see how we can get a weighing centre, a challenge was thrown to the community that we had to get a land and a structure to start with and other things and the government would now give us the nurses. As part of us getting a place, this guy had to stop selling his drinks just to offer the drinking spot for the weighing. That spot is called Hot Spot,” he lamented. 

The structure, a local mud house, is not nearly enough to address the health needs of the people. To attend to emergencies maternity cases, a local bed, made with local materials has been raised within the mud structure.

“It is a local mud building with a yard. We are trying to roof the yard so that there can be shade for the women and the nurses. Inside the room, we have raised a local bed,” he said. 

The Kunkua-Daligu Development Committee has been too financially stretched to be able to cough up funds to readily build an appropriate structure to attend to the health needs of the people. 

Mr. Asapana appealed to well meaning organisations and individuals to go to the aid of the community. 

Meanwhile, residents of Adamtombiisiko, a community within the Konkua-Daliga Electoral Area in the Bongo District of the Upper East Region are unhappy that more than 2 years after a water project was started in the community, it remains incomplete. This is after a contractor working on the community’s mechanised borehole project absconded.

Adamtombiisiko is a farming community with about 150 households and a population of over 500. Unfortunately, the community does not have a source of potable drinking water.

Two months before the 2020 general election, the Bongo District Assembly, with funding from the National Petroleum Authority (NPA), through the former District Chief Executive Peter Ayinbisa, awarded a contract for the construction of a mechanised borehole for the community.

Source: A1radioonline.com|101.1MHz|Mark Kwasi Ahumah Smith|Ghana

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