- In his lamentations, he wonders whether their part of the town is not part of the country, given the young men and pregnant woman’s torturous journey to a delivery ward.
A disturbing video clip of transportation arrangements being made for a pregnant woman going into labor, somewhere in Ghana, currently making the rounds on the various popular social media sites, Facebook included, has left many Ghanaians perplexed and sad.
In the video, a scene akin to an event more likely to happen in the Amazon Forest plays out as a group of young men, several of them bare chested, cross a river with a ‘planked motor bike’, carried shoulder-high and then return to the bank of the river to ferry a pregnant woman in labor, who was seated in a ‘makeshift palanquin’ to the other side of the river in the same style.
Offering commentary on the unfolding events in one of the local languages, the narrator, who is likely the videographer laments the fact that a pregnant woman has to be carried across the river to the next village in hopes of reaching a medical facility before her labor pangs fully kicks in.
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In his lamentations, he wonders whether their part of the town is not part of the country, given the young men and pregnant woman’s torturous journey to a delivery ward. He bemoans the fact that the only hospital built for their community is presently not being operated for whatever reasons, adding that their community is part of Ghana, and as such should be remembered.
In his concluding remarks, he appeals to his audience to help spread the plight of his community by pushing his clip on the various social media platforms. He expressed the hope that the clip will reach the doorstep of the president, H.E. Nana Akufo-Addo.
Unfortunately, at the time of filing this report, our attempts to find the name of the community and whether they have no highways, streets etc. leading in and out of the town, and whether the river is their only means of transportation, had not been successful.
However, what is certain is the conversation that it has generated among Ghanaians, with many stating that politicians know how to find their way to that community every four years in search of votes. Others expressed the view that the government is not making any major investment in rural health, others wondered why the community had failed to help itself by building a bridge over the river, while others questioned the logic in the building of a proposed National Cathedral, the funding of which can be used to promote health facilities etc. in the rural parts of the country.
Another uncertainty is how the pregnant woman’s journey ended, but it is our hope that there was a triumvirate return: one for the motorbike, one for the new mother, and one for the blessed new baby.
In a related development to the above story, we have since learned that the name of the community involved is Nangruma in the Upper East Region of the country, and that residents were forced to use the river due to deplorable and unmotorable roads in their community.
We are also sad to report that the baby involved did not make it.
Below is a news report from JoyNews that touches a bit on the story.
Last updated 09/162018