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The Story of Kordjour Village
Kordjour is one of the main communities in the Aowin district and its modest clinic was the oldest in the region. It is currently on the premises of an aged woman who has been given notice of eviction. Over three years now, the owner of the house and her family have persistently told us to vacate the premises. The Directorate has pleaded to keep the space until a new clinic can be built in its place. There has been several confrontations with the landlady and her family earlier this year and both the staff and patients are hesitant to attend the clinic.
The situation is heart breaking and service has deteriorated. There is no privacy for patients, especially pregnant women. There is no space to allow adequate midwifery services such as Labour, ANC and PNC. The staff works in constant fear of ejection by land lady. Infection prevention procedures cannot be adequately practiced. Pressure from lady's family on her to eject the nurses has detrimental impact on the health of the patients.
The most saddened ones are the pregnant women who now stay at home instead of attending prenatal care and even delivery. The road network along the Kordjour and Enchi (district capital stretch) is very very terrible - some motor bikes and one Kia truck runs every Wednesday. Patients prefer to stay at home and meet their fate than to struggle on that road, especially during pregnancy and labor. We have been hoping that an intervention comes in the course of the year so the clinic is not closed down. Also, there is no potable drinking water in the community and its surrounding communities. The community leaders are always at the Directorate to find out if any help is available. The joy of the people within Kordjour and its eight surrounding communities will have no bound should Yonkofa Project come to our aid.
From Rita A. Owusu, District Director of Health Services, Aowin District, Ghana