By Franklin N. Kwenah
Citizens of Butiesue Town in District #3, Bong County, are said to be in dire need of safe drinking water and healthcare services.
Town Chief Leemu Sackie, speaking to newsman, said since the establishment of the town in the late 60’s, they have never had access to safe drinking water and healthcare services.
According to Chief Sackie, they usually fetch drinking water from a nearby creek, which has resulted to many falling ill with diarrhea and other water-borne diseases that have led to the death of many children and mothers.
She further noted that due to serious water-borne diseases and diarrhea, they decided to dig a well that would help to minimize the occurrence of these water borne-illnesses and save the lives of women and children. However, she added that problems still exist in terms of safe drinking water.
”This one well cannot serve all the houses in the town; and when it gets dry and dirty during the dry season, we have to get back to drinking the creek water,” she said.
The Butiesue Town Chief made special reference to the month of January, February and March, adding that citizens were all in the bushes looking for safe water to drink.
She is calling on the government and other humanitarian organizations to come to their aid. “In order to save lives in the district, the government and organizations need to help us; at least to construct some hand pumps in our town so that citizens can have access to safe drinking water,” Chief Sackie stressed.
Touching on the health problem in the area, Town Chief Sackie explained that it is one of the challenging issues that her town is faced with. She said pregnant women and sick people from the town are transported to Phebe Hospital in order to seek medical assistance. “When a big belly is in pain in the town, she has to be carried in a hammock to Phebe, and the road is far,” she explained to this paper.
She further appealed to the central government to assist them to construct a motor road, in order to help them have access to a safe healthcare delivery system.