In Sierra Leone: Gbantie Chiefdom Cries for Health, Educational Facilities
Indigenes of Gbantie Chiefdom in the Bombali District are calling on the Government of President Bio through the Ministry of Health and Sanitation and the Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education to provide them with health and educational facilities.
Lamina Kamara, the Headman of Worreh Makankry Village, told this reporter that Tonkomba Section in the above chiefdom is made up of over fifty villages, but can only boast of a single clinic situated at Fullah Town Village. He went on further to explain that this absence of a PHU/Clinic has been the cause of many deaths among pregnant women, lactating mothers, children and the aged, as the sick have to be taken to the hospital at Fullah own from the other villages, which are miles away from the health facility, adding that even the facility at the town is ill-equipped and patients are regularly being referred to the big town for better attention.
Lamina Kamara stressed that if more health centres are built in some of the villages, more lives could be saved. He disclosed that as a rural community, they have been living under such appalling conditions for decades.
He therefore appealed to the authorities to help address what he described as a horrible situation.
On the educational aspect, Sanpha Koroma, Headmaster for the Sierra Leone Muslim Women Brothers Organization (SLMWBO) Primary School, said for the Free Quality Education of the President to hold sway in that part of the country there is a dire need for the construction of more schools to accommodate the number of interested kids who want to go to school. He maintained that the available school is a long distance away from the villages and most of the parent could not afford the transport fare for their kids to and from the school, but with the availability of a school in the villages, the burden on parents will be reduced drastically and the kids encouraged to go to school.
Mr. Koroma expressed appreciation for the Free Quality Education scheme and mentioned that, they are hopeful that since the New Direction has prioritized education, their educational needs would be addressed.
He concluded that education can only be an opportunity for all if it is decentralized to rural communities, where many illiterate people are found.
By Abdulai Mento Kamara
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