Over 1,500 people living in three communities Pion,Yakpala and pionyakpala in the Yendi district have vowed not vote come November 7th due to lack of potable water, schools, health facilities and electricity.
A visit to these communities revealed that, all three communities share one borehole.
“Our women walk two miles for water, all because, the only source is far away from the town. The dry season has also dried up the water. We are thirsty”, an opinion leader told rawgist.com.
rawgist.com’s Michael Amoateng reports that there is no CHP compound in any of the three communities. Patients traveled 32 miles to access quality health care. Abibata a resident told rawgist.com ,” I lost my second and third children due to ill-health. Taxis do not operate in the community and so if you do not have a motorcycle, you will die”. Meanwhile health care at Yendi government hospital is cash and carry as none of the community members have the national health insurance card. “We have already lost many lives, government should help us”, she said.
Another interesting thing is how children of school going age are all at home. Some join their parents on the farm whiles many are herdsmen. There are no teachers in the communities to help the children with some level of education.
These came to light when Prosper Aflemave ,the Tamale man who walked over 450 Kilometres to Kintampo campaigning for John Mahama made another 62 miles walking tour from Tamale to Yendi.
During his campaign, he donated 5 bails of second hand clothes and 2000 Ghana cedis to over 1,500 people in three communities.