A 21-year-old woman had to deliver her baby in a tricycle in the Wa East District of the Upper West Region on Friday, December 13, 2019 due to the lack of an ambulance.
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Gladys Lewa had to be transported to the Busah Health Center in the Wa Municipality from her home; a 20-kilometer journey.
Narrating her ordeal to Citi News, Gladys said she was accompanied by her ‘rival’, Faustina Kondoma who helped her deliver her baby midway into the journey to the medical facility in the tricycle.
“Cars don’t come to our village because of the bad nature of the road. And there is no ambulance too. So the only means to carry me was the tricycle. Imagine travelling with pain in a deplorable road. We got to a point and the child was coming. It was only my “rival” who was accompanying me so she helped and the child came out,” she said.
She finally arrived at the Upper West Regional Hospital in the same tricycle in a coma with a 4.6HB as a result of over bleeding.
Faustina Kondoma, who was accompanying Gladys described that experience as terrible and pleaded with government to provide ambulances for the various districts, hospitals and communities to help prevent such painful ordeals.
“I don’t pray for any woman to go through what we went through. It is us today, who is next tomorrow? As if we don’t vote. The government must do something about it. If the road were to be good, we could get a car to transport her,” Faustina stated.
Meanwhile, the Upper West Region currently has about three properly functioning ambulances serving the whole area.
YEN.com.gh earlier reported that Margaret Afriyie, a Ghanaian midwife, has received great commendation for her love and compassion towards the poor and needy especially pregnant mothers in under-served communities.
From Ahafo Ano South-East District of the Ashanti Region of Ghana, Afriyie’s benevolent gesture towards her clients at the Ahwirewam CHPS Compound, where she is currently the only midwife with three supporting Nurse Assistants, has urged more women to seek care at her facility.
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