Residents of Agordeke, a community in the Ziope-Kpetoe constituency of the Volta region can now heave a sigh of relief as Radiolm’s intervention has brought a temporary end to what could be described as chronic water crisis in that community.
It all started when one of the residents posted the heartbreaking water situation of his community on Facebook, calling for help from the central government, nongovernmental organisations and philanthropists. LIAMS Foundation being an NGO concerned with issues affecting less-privileged people, called the Member of Parliament, Charles Agbeve for an interview on the Radiolm morning show.
The MP conceded that the situation in that part of his constituency was indeed a matter of emergency, and promised to intervene. However, with the immeasurable support by the LIAMS Foundation, Radiolm news team journeyed to the said community from Accra. It was a long and tedious journey, but gradually we finally arrived.
Agordeke is a community of about 150 to 200 residents predominantly peasant farmers. In the dry season, they get busy with Kente weaving.
The arrival of the news team fortunately coincided with a sod cutting ceremony for the construction of a three classroom block for the Agordeke D/A basic school.
These are the structures that have been serving as classrooms for the school. According to the headmaster of the school, Harrison Dzreke, teachers refuse posting to the community due to the water crisis and the discouraging nature of the school structures.
The Member of Parliament, Charles Agbeve who has been in parliament for only two months took the trouble to secure a five thousand litre polytank for the community, which he referred to as a temporary measure. He said in an interview with Radiolm news that the tank would be filled with water to be sold to the residents so as to generate money to always fill the tank for use by the people.
There were two boreholes constructed and another two uncompleted which were supposed to be the solution to the water challenge in the Agordeke community, but the residents say they have to pump for about forty-five minutes before the water begins to drip, even that, it ceases after filling about only five basins.
According to the residents, the situation has been so unbearable that they had to put themselves into groups. If one group gets water today another also gets it the next day.
As the saying goes, necessity is the mother if invention. The people themselves have dug some pits in the bush far from home where they are compelled to spend the night at the sight to enable them beat competition for the water.
It will even marvel you the kind of water the people are struggling to get. You may not use it to wash your feet, let alone drink it. That is how bad the situation is, but thankfully, a single interview with the MP for the area has brought some interim relief to the community.
Source: Andreas Kamasah
We often hear of death cases and other related issues on people not being able to produce babies as a result of what is termed ABORTION.
What is this ABORTION?
Abortion is the ending or terminating of pregnancy by removing the foetus before it can survive outside the uterus and sometimes a spontaneous abortion occurs when a natural cause ends a pregnancy but it might seem fine or very normal to people to engage in bad life styles or find themselves in situations where they can walk into clinics and just require an abortion to be done on them especially the youth.
Abortion cases are on the increase , particularly in the urban areas and among the rich and educated because people do not want pregnancy to hamper their progress , forgetting the dangers of it.
Women who undergo unsafe abortion suffer some immediate and long term complications which is life threatening and these major complications are infection, excessive bleeding, ripping or perforation of the uterus,anesthesia complications, convulsions, hemorrhage, cervical injury and endotoxin shock and other complications such as cervical, ovarion and liver cancer.
Women with history of abortion face higher risk of having cervical cancer compared to women with no history of abortion.
Uterine perforation which is a danger of abortion may result in complications in later pregnancies and may eventually evolve into problems which require a hysterectomy which itself may result in a number of additional complications and injuries including osteoporosis.
Abortion is also associated with cervical and uterine damage which may increase the risk of premature delivery, complications of labor and abnormal development of the placenta in later pregnancies. these reproductive complications are the leading causes of handicaps among new borns.
Lastly, abortion is significantly related to an increased risk of subsequent ectopic pregnancies. Ectopic pregnancies in turn, are life threatening and may result in reduced fertility.
In a nutshell, unsafe abortion and its dangers is a risk factor we all have to take note of and help find practical solutions to help combat it.
- Handicapped newborns in later pregnancies
Abortion is associated with cervical and uterine damage which may increase the risk of premature delivery, complications of labor and abnormal development of the placenta in later pregnancies. These reproductive complications are the leading causes of handicaps among newborns.
- Ectopic pregnancy
Abortion is significantly related to an increased risk of subsequent ectopic pregnancies. Ectopic pregnancies, in turn, are life threatening and may result in reduced fertility.
In general, most of the studies cited above reflect risk factors for women who undergo a single abortion. These same studies show that women who have multiple abortions face a much greater risk of experiencing these complications. This point is especially noteworthy since approximately 45% of all abortions are for those who repeat abortion.