Pregnant women and patients in Cape Three Points, who previously were using canoes to ferry themselves to health centers, can now heave a sigh of relief following the donation of a tricycle ambulance to the community.
‘The Have Nots’, a JoyNews Hotline documentary exposed a life of horror that women endure before reaching a health center with some dying through voyages on the sea to go to hospital as the community has just two cars.
The roads leading into the community have become unmotorable cutting it off from surrounding communities despite Cape Three Points being the geographical reference point for the country’s Jubilee oil fields.
Nationwide PVC Windows has donated a tricycle ambulance worth twelve thousand Cedis (GHC 12,000) to the community to help remedy situation.
Kofi Nimo, the company’s Chief Executive Officer said;
“the documentary was heart-wrenching. It was painful to watch innocent citizens of this land who work so hard going through that hell just to get healthcare. We are doing this to at least remedy the situation in the short term while we continue to plead with government to fix the road”.
The documentary, set in the two Western regional towns of Cape Three Points and JJ Nkwanta noted for crude oil and cocoa respectively, which continue to endure unbearable poverty. Run-down schools, terrible roads and a failing health system were exposed in the 25-minute documentary.
The Cape Three Points community has just two rickety passenger vehicles. Both leave the town by 9 AM for the market in Agona Nkwanta, the Ahanta West District capital.
And so once they leave, there is no other means of transport. Even in instances when the vehicles are available, patients in critical need of medical care are charged up to 250 Cedis to chatter the vehicle before they get transported.
“We want to thank Kofi and his company for this help. With this, we can at least save some lives. We would now have a permanent means of transport to convey sick people if the passenger cars here do not work”, said Isaac Essien, Assemblyman for Cape Three Points.
The ambulance has now been left in the care of a community health management committee tasked with the responsibility of raising funds for its maintenance and fueling.