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Esaase: Abandoned CHPS compound compels residents to walk long distances for health care

Residents of Esaase in the Juaben Municipality of the Ashanti Region have appealed to the government and other benevolent organizations to complete an abandoned Community-based Health Planning and Services (CHPS) compound in the area.

Esaase is a farming and mining community with more than 3,000 population. Since its inception, the community has not witnessed a befitting hospital.

In 2016, the then Ejisu-Juaben municipal Assembly started a CHPS Compound project in the area but unfortunately, the facility which is almost completed has been abandoned to rot after they created Juaben municipal Assembly from the Ejisu.

As a result, the residents of Esaase has been compelled to walk for about three miles before accessing health care at a nearby communities including Konogo in the Asante Akim district.

“My people are really suffering. The CHPS compound here has been abandoned with no reason. We have been calling on the assembly to help us but to no avail,” the assembly member Hon Simon Adjei lamented.

Some of the residents who spoke to Silver FM’s Akwadaa Nyame revealed that the community has a new CHIP compound which is near completion but has been left abandoned for the past six years now.

The resident is demanding authorities to complete the CHPS compound as soon as possible to facilitate quality health delivery.

“We are pleading to be have our own health center for a safe health care delivery. We are suffering and demands immediate intervention from the government”, they pleaded.

The Assembly member in the area Hon Simon Adhei explained that, the project was started during NDC time and has not seen any improvement since NPP took over.

He adds that the next community with quality health care is Bomfa.

“Commuting to the place is also risky due to the poor nature of the road,” he said.

He, therefore, seized the opportunity to appeal for the completion of the abandoned CHPs Compound.

“What is lacking in the CHIPS Compound is lighting system, water, toilet, and medical equipments. “I want to use your big medium to appeal to the government to come to our aid because he (President Akufo-Addo) is a listening president.”, he concluded.

Source: Akwadaa Nyame | Silver FM

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