E/R: A pregnant woman dies while being carried to the hospital on a wooden slab.

An pregnant mother who was being taken to the hospital on a wooden slab died on the road in Asinersi, an agricultural village in the Yilo Krobo Municipality of the Eastern Region, causing shock and confusion. 

Set to a lack of medical facilities in the town, the deceased's sister, Amoatey, had to be sent to the hospital in the Municipal capital because she was due to give birth. 

Due to the lack of a better route connecting the settlement to the municipal capital, they were unable to obtain a vehicle for this reason, therefore some young men in the town volunteered to carry her on the slab, thus operating as an ambulance in the community.

"I lost my pregnant sister and her baby on this mountain when she was being carried on a wooden structure to Somanya to deliver, and unfortunately one of the guys carrying my sister slipped and fell, and when she arrived at the hospital, my sister couldn't survive with such an injury," Madam Amoatey explained. 

Madam Amoatey's story encapsulates the agony of the town, which lacks a health facility, a road network, and portable water, among other social amenities. 

During a visit to the hamlet, Tetteh Francis, a citizen and farmer, protested vehemently to Angel News reporter Jaman Dehyee Opambour that their 9.4-kilometer main road, which leads to the township of Somanya, Yilo Krobo's municipal headquarters, is in a bad state.

The lack of social amenities such as and others, according to residents of the mountainous village, has been a long-standing issue.

Mr Tetteh bemoaned the poor condition of the 9.4-kilometer road that connects Somanya to the municipal center. 

Due to the poor state of the road, he claims, pregnant women and patients are transported to the local capital on a wooden structure for medical assistance. 

Since 2008, when I lobbied for the re-shaping of the road from the assembly to the present, the road has received no attention, and this has been a burden on us whenever we wanted to transport our farm products to Somanya, because no vehicle will come to our community unless it is in need of assistance.

Mr Nyarko Andrews, a former assembly member for the area, said, "From 2008 when I lobbied for re-shaping of the road from the assembly until now, the road has not been given any attention and this has been a burden on us whenever we wanted to transport our farm products to Somanya because no vehicle is willing to come to our community unless in critical situations where vehicles will stop at a point for them to continue the journey by foot,"

He went on to say that Asinersi has been the Municipality's food basket for decades but has been neglected.

Other people reported that transporting their crops to market locations after harvesting is extremely difficult, allowing their items to go to waste. 

As a result, the farmers have appealed to the government, charities, NGOs, politicians, and others to help them.

Source: Africawish.com

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