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General News of Thursday, 18 July 2019


The LEKMA road that kills people seeking medical care

Delay in receiving treatment especially in cases of emergency can lead to fatalities.

For the people of Ledzokuku-Krowor Municipality (LEKMA) in the capital, Accra; this is not a one-time occurrence.

These people do not stay at home in time of those emergencies until they are on the verge of death, no; they, like every person, seek urgent medical attention at the Lekma Hospital.

But there is a major hurdle they have to cross en route to the hospital. In the words of one of the residents who spoke to JoyNews, “it is a disaster, a catastrophe in the making.”

The resident was speaking about the road leading to the Lekma Hospital.

From outside Lekma to a point to the hospital, the road is okay, but some 10 miles to the hospital, the road is so dilapidated and pothole-ridden that some women say they have lost pregnancies while plying the road.

“Because of the road, I avoid going to the hospital until I am about five months into the pregnancy,” one pregnant woman told JoyFM/JoyNews TV Thursday.

A survivor who spoke to the Super Morning Show team - which went down to Lekma for the show - said he almost died as a result of the delay the bad road caused.

A doctor from the Lekma Hospital shared his experience with the team.

According to Doctor James Boakye who is the Head of Obstetrics & Gynecology, the dust from the road is causing the hospital a lot of inconveniences.

“Imagine I am operating a patient and I have to come out because I am sweating so much since the theatre air conditioners get clogged up.”

Doctor Boakye lamented that a lot of patients have been lost to delays in getting to the hospital and the nature of the road cannot be excused in such situations.

We have heard a lot of promises but we hope now that JoyNews is highlighting the situation, we would finally get positive results, the residents said.