Barely a month ago, I was heart broken when I helplessly watched my sister under the excruciating pains of labour being carried by a motor king when she was referred to Sandema district hospital by the Mankarigu health center.
More heart wrenching is the fact that, the innocent baby was finally delivered with it’s arm broken.
Could it be the herky-jerky ride of the motor king that caused the broken arm of the baby?
Your guess is as good as mind.
Just three days ago, a brother who suffered a gun shots injury from a robbery attack between Mankarigu and Zeipe stretch had to be carried to Kubori by a motorbike with someone sitting behind to support the helpless gentleman.
With these and many more disturbing cases which happens almost everyday, one would have expected our Member of parliament, Hon. Alhaji Mahama Asei Seini who doubles as the deputy minister of health to as a matter of urgency show more concern about the health of his constituents.
The only available ambulance was procured by the former MP for Daboya – Mankarigu Constituency Hon. Lawyer Shaibu Mahama Obei during his tenure in office.
He also renovated the clinic and built the nurses quarters.
Governance they say is a continuity, one would have expected that now that we have a member of parliament who is also a deputy minister for health, his constituency of which the Mankarigu zone is part will enjoy certain privileges as far as the health sector is concerned.
The only ambulance has since been broken down and nothing has been done at fixing but rather the MP and his government looked on while the people suffer.
It is very unfortunate that in his last visit to the health center at the end of his first year in office, the MP/deputy minister of health could not even find time to interact and take the grievances and challenges of the staff of the facility, but rather, he shamelessly put down Ghc200 for the entire staff. I don’t know if that was their Christmas package.
Also, accepting posting to a rural area deserves commendation and one would’ve expected that the deputy health minister would’ve at least give a word of encouragement and appreciation to the staff, but he rather decided to engaged in fault finding by accusing them of having insulted him.
It will also interest you to know that, with the help of the district health director, a microscope and other laboratory equipment were secured and are now available at the facility to help enhance the healthcare delivery. But as I write, those equipment are not in use because the facility doesn’t have a laboratory to operate.
As a resident and citizen, I expect our MP/deputy health minister to take it upon himself to give an ultra modern laboratory to the facility, but he has decided to give it a deaf ear.
There are a plethora of challenges at the health center and I am by this write up calling on the deputy minister of health to as a matter of urgency, address the situation if he indeed care and love us as his constituents.
Written by: Mohammed Zoonu.
A concerned resident of Mankarigu