AYIMA, a farming community in the Kintampo South District in the Brong Ahafo Region lacks good roads, potable water and electricity, while the only health centre which serves a population of more than 8,000 is in a dilapidated state.
It is for this reason that the queen of the town, Nana Saa Gyamfuaa II, has initiated the construction of a maternity home and a nurse’s quarters to help cut down on the high infant and maternal mortality rates in the community.
Nana Gyamfuaa made this known at a fun-draising durbar at Ayima to launch the 15th anniversary celebrations of her enstoolment as the queen of the town.
She succeeded the late Nana Akua Sakyiwaa in October, 1994.
Activities planned to mark the anniversary include fora on girls’ education and health, as well as a grand durbar in October to climax the anniversary.
Nana Gyamfua stated that funds solicited through the anniversary celebrations, would be used not only for the rehabilitation of the existing health centre, but also to construct a maternity home and nurses’ quarters to serve the people.
She observed that the honour and authority of contemporary traditional rulers were measured by the quality of life their people enjoyed as well as investments made in the people for decent living, adding “but unfortunately, Ayima lacks many social amenities and life could not be said to be good for her people”.
“I wish to state that the people of Anima deserve improved living standard. I have, therefore, dedicated the 15th anniversary celebration of my enstoolment to initiate the process of carving a provide better conditions of living for them through self-help”, she added.
Nana Gyamfuaa said her initiative was also to help eliminate the difficulties that pregnant women from the area and the surrounding communities go through in seeking ante-natal and other maternal health care.
“Pregnant women from the area have to travel on the bad roads from the community to the district capital to seek ante-natal and other maternal care which have often resulted in the deaths of some women in labour when they were being transported to the district hospital on foot while others have had miscarriages”, she stressed.
The queen expressed the hope that with the government’s determination to ensure quality healthcare for all, it would support the project to facilitate its completion to serve her people, especially pregnant women, nursing mothers and children.
“Development is all about quality people living quality life. This begins with quality healthcare which should start from the first day of pregnancy”, she emphasised.
The Deputy Brong Ahafo Regional Minister, Mr Eric Opoku who graced the occasion, pledged that the government would provide financial assistance to complete the project.
He also gave the assurance that Ayima would get its fair share of development projects.
Mr Opoku added that the government would reconstruct the road leading to the town from Jema, the district capital, provide the people with potable water and connect the town to the national grid.
He, therefore, called on the people to rally behind the government to ensure that all its electoral promises were fulfilled.