A herbal concoction

Residents of Nsuhunu in the Tain district of the Bono Region are appealing to the government to provide a healthcare facility for the community.

They said, even if it’s a CHPS compound, it will serve as a first-aid centre and take care of their basic health care needs.

Nsuhunu is a farming community with deplorable roads linking to the district capital, Nsawkaw, and nearby communities, such as Hani.

Nsuhunu residents cry for healthcare centre to reduce reliance on herbal concoctions for treatment

Residents there resort to herbal concoctions as their only option for health care due to the absence of any form of health facility.

“We don’t have a health care centre at Nsuhunu. Not even an over-the-counter pharmacy shop. We suffer during sickness. Our only option is to resort to herbs and other herbal concoctions when we are sick. We have no room to worry about its efficacy since our forefathers relied on same for health care, though it could pose danger to our health”, Akosua, a resident, lamented. 

Nsuhunu residents cry for healthcare centre to reduce reliance on herbal concoctions for treatment

“Snakebites, cutlass injury, pregnancy issues, among others, are all sent to the Nsawkaw. We have had situations where pregnant women deliver on the way. We deserve better, and we hope the government will come to our aid and provide us with a health care centre”, another resident, Serwaa, said.

The assemblyman for the Nsuhunu community, Matthew Gyabeng Gyabaa, said his people go through a lot of ordeals when the need arises for health care needs.

He also averred that the terrible nature of the roads makes it difficult for drivers to ply that stretch, resulting in loss of lives sometimes.

Nsuhunu residents cry for healthcare centre to reduce reliance on herbal concoctions for treatment
Matthew Gyabeng Gyabaa, Assemblyman, Nsuhunu community

“Two weeks ago, I was called from school to assist a pregnant woman in labor. My only option to save the situation was to carry her on my motorbike. She was sandwiched between myself and another man on the motorbike, and I carefully conveyed her to the nearby health facility at Nsawkaw. But for the mercies of God, we could have lost the mother and baby”, he narrated.

“We are appealing to the government to provide the community with at least a CHPs compound to serve as a first-aid centre and help us save lives in the Nsuhunu community”, Matthew Gyabeng Gyabaa appealed.

Meanwhile, aside from the appeal of a health care facility for Nsuhunu, residents in and around the community are also grappling with the effect of leaving without electricity, especially at night. 

Students are unable to learn in the evening, while businesses that would require electricity to thrive are stalled. Teachers continue to refuse postings to those communities because there is no electricity.

Some said snakes and other dangerous reptiles continue to harm them, especially their children at night. And they have to rely on herbs only for treatment.

A resident said it’s as if they are being punished and therefore pleads to the government to come to their aid to help make life less stressful for them in the farming community.

The assembly member, Matthew Gyabeng Gyabaa, said they wanted to raise contributions to extend electricity to the community, but, considering the poor living conditions of the people, they abandoned their plan. He said they now look up to the government to come to their aid.