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Shai-Osu doku appeal for potable water


Resident drinking from polluted water
Resident drinking from polluted water

Good morning my dearest honorable and I have taken with keen interest especially on most of

your projects you did for the people in the constituency but most of us were not aware of your

projects until you decided to publish them recently, but honorable i know this article will

definitely shock readers especially as Shai-Osudoku with it capital Dodowa is in the greater

Accra region so no one will expect that basic necessities of life such as water should be a

problem in the 21st century but it is rather the opposite.

Resident drinking from polluted water
Resident drinking from polluted water

You see, probably, if it is another writer or researcher who wrote this, I will doubt it because I come from the

Shai-Osudoku district but until I did this assignment myself. With my charity based in the shai-osudoku

constituency, I decided to do this work to look at the state of the people health in shai-osudoku district.

For the past two years of our existence, the Men?s Health Foundation Ghana has been

organizing medical screening programs for the good people of the constituency. Most of the

medical screening programs were sponsored by aspiring assembly members and individuals.

This year, the current assembly member for Odunse-Sota electoral area, Hon. Richard Tetteh

Adja approached us to carry out a free medical screening program to the community members.

The screening programs were conducted at four main key areas namely, Sota, Odunse, Aboya

and Fiankoya.

We screen about 500 community members, children, men and women aged 18years to 95years.

The screening involved random blood sugar checking, BP, Hepatitis B, breast cancer, prostate

cancer and blood grouping. With the 500 members screened, 300 were women and 200 were

men. Out of the 300 women screened for breast disease only 4 seen with lump in their breast and

were referred to the hospital for further checkup. About 20 made up of women and men have

high sugar level ranging from 14.0-30.0mmol/l but not knowing. The most worrying aspect of

their health condition is their BP level. About 90% have their blood pressure to be high and rages

from 20years up wards. Most of them are aware of their BP status and are on treatment at the

Dodowa Hospital and the Valley View university Hospital.

With hepatitis B, I will say that this electoral area is a cold spot for hepatitis B as only 1 positive

case was detected in the 500 people screened.

I asked them what could probably be accounting for their high BP rates in this electoral area. I

decided to delve into issues and move into the township. In the course of my journey to delve

into their living conditions, I came across some basic things this people lack and I started crying.

Well, I decided to move into action with my other media men from UTV and Ghana News

Agency. The people were so happy that for the first time they have seen the media men in their

community and they were saying it is a dream come true to see UTV in their community, then it

means God has heard their cry and development will come to their aid.

They have no access to pipe born water, no boreholes and the river they relied on is polluted.

This people lack portable water which is vital for survival as human. No borehole was even seen.

Their water bodies have been polluted and they have no other option but also to even compete

with animals as the animals also drink from the same river. You can see animal fecal matter in

the water bodies. According to sources, they have made lots of appeal to the leaders of the shai-

Osudkou yet they refused to heed to their needs. The incumbent assembly man had no option but

have to resign because he realized that he has failed the people as he was unable to develop the


The area is also not spared as land guards also continued to raid the place, at Aboya, they

complained that land guards raided their community last year and they succeeded in relocating

all of them to a community around Nanoman, a nearby community in the Katamanso

constituency and it took the intervention of the Police to restore calmness in the community.

According to the people at Aboya, when the case happened they informed their MP, Hon. David

Assumeng but he only visited them once and provide them with some relief items at Nanoman.

The indigenes who are practically farmers also don?t have the financial means to carry out their

farming activities and the most significant aspect is the lack of rain to help the crops grow and

they have no irrigation also this put a lot of stress on them.

The youth have no job and as a result they end up doing nothing at all. Women are not spared as

they keep on worrying because they don?t know what they are going to eat when they day break

and before going to bed.

Practically, the whole shai-osudoku constituency appears to be having the same problems. I have

been to Osuwen , the home ground of the MP and other communities such as Kadjaya my

research continues on their health status , this people have no health facility, not even chemical

store to dispense some over the counter medication. They have to travel all the away to Dodowa

or Afienya to be able to get access to medication and some of the people also because of lack of

transportation fee cannot even go to town to see the doctor.

Osuwen, where the MP comes from, I was told has nothing to boast of. The living conditions

appear very bad, bad road network, bad telecommunication problem. I try buying Vodafone

credit but I was unable to get one and I was even told that the Vodafone credit that is been sold

for about 5 cedis in Dodowa is sold for 5.50.

I bought a bottle of Malta Guinness at 3 cedis. Nothing good can be boast of with falling

education standard, children don?t even don?t know their date of birth.

Though the Dodowa water project have been completed I was told it supply to the people in

Adenta and some part in Dodowa township only.

The youth appeared very furious with their leaders and these are some of their comments

?I walk from Fiankoya to Odunse until I completed my basic and junior high secondary school.

In the cause of my school days I have to buy three shoes in a year because of the walking

distance and the road- A young man accounts of life at Fiankoya?.

?Our leaders are heartless, careless and only visit us during when it is time for campaigning, our

MP only visit us during election time. We have made lots of appeal of live in Fiankoya yet no

one care- an aspiring unit committee member?

?If you think I am lying, wait and see me drinking this water from the river and then you will

believe?- A young man account of the water situation

Fiankoya, a small community at the Shai-Osudoku constituency with a population of about

1,000 has been neglected by the leaders of Shai-Osudoku. The only nice building I saw at

Fiankoya is a school building constructed by Accra branch of Rotary Club International and

World Vision.

Life in the village is not the best in the modern era especially shai-Osoduku been a constituency

in the greater Accra region should not be at this state. What actually drew my attention to write

this open letter to you Hon, Is your decision to contest again to lead your people judging from

the fact that you are the chairman for the parliamentary committee on works and housing and

others and I stand to be corrected, what have you done or have you use your power to lobby for

any work? Have you tried to use your position to bring any affordable housing project to the


Hon. All the communities that I have been through nobody seem to go with you and nobody

appears to be ready to vote for you now? I don?t really know that you are aware of this

development in the constituency? For me, I think, judging from the way of things, you just have

to resign and through your weight behind another winnable candidate. It appears you have lost

touch with the grass root people!

Hon. I am an academic, researcher, author and I know you are a legislature but your position on

most of the committees gives you a better platform to lobby to help developed the constituency.

You have friends in parliament, ministers, business friends, Your people needs good roads, good

satellite health facilities, educational funds to help the brilliant people in the constituency et al.

Hon. You must do something about all the things I stated in this article . Your people are dying

solely and health is a holistic approach not only medical.

If your people have employment, good housing projects, good roads, good water, good schools

et al they will have sound mind and will manifest in their bodies and this is what term health.

Hon. It appears the people have lost hope in you and you must give them the previous love they

gave you. Your people deserve better than drinking from rivers that animals are also drinking

from! Hon. This are hard truth, but I just don?t write, I do my extensive research on a subject

before I write and please kindly find this pictures and let me know whether these communities

are part of your constituency or not. Shai osudoku has become a failed state and your people

have become endangers species as young men and women have become old because of poverty.

I have written a letter on several occasions to you to have a meeting with you but you always

read political meanings into it because you have a problem with my marketing manager as his

uncle is contesting you, meanwhile the letter is on the health of the people. Hon. We are all your

people and you are our father in the constituency so you must have an open mind and heart to

accept and listen to everyone irrespective of his or her political affiliation , educational

background, profession et al . I was really disappointed when my marketing manager told me

about this development. I made this known to the presiding member because your people are

rusting inside and outside because they are not getting the right nutrition their cells need to carry

out its function. They are even dying young and dying early.

I entreat all reading this article to please kindly help the people in Fiankoya and other

communities to provide them with portable water and other assistance. You can also contact me

so we see the way forward as the people of Shai-Osudoku deserve better treatment!


Dr. Raphael Nyarkotey Obu:ND,MSc,PhD(C) is a catalyst for change in the dangme land and

the author of the book ?catalyst for change in the dangme land. He is currently working on his

second book on the dangme land ?The state of the dangme land-Are the dangme people

endangered species in Ghana? He can be reach on 0500106570

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