Water, sanitation and health sectors are receiving a boost in Asante-Akyem Central Municipality, thanks to government’s One Constituency, One Million dollars facility.
Lack of health facilities meant people in need of healthcare, especially, pregnant women have to travel long distances to Agogo Hospital.
Open defecation which exposes people to water-borne diseases became common due to lack of toilet facilities.
At Kyekyebiase, residents have to contend with reptile-infested 15-year-old dilapidated Kumasi Ventilated Improved Pit (KVIP) toilet.
A resident, Yaa Achiaa said, they had to change clothes after every visit due to the unbearable stench.
“The snakes are worrying us, we’ve been killing them all the time,” another resident Adwoa Foriwaa bemoaned.
Residents can heave a sigh of relief as a 10-seater water closet and a mechanized borehole have been constructed for the community.
The people of Obenemase also have a mechanized borehole and a 10-seater-water closet toilet at Obenemase.
Also, an old post office has been converted into a Community-based Health Planning and Services(CHPS) compound.
Abosomtweagya, Odumase, Dweaase are other communities to have mechanized boreholes for water supply.
Dweease, however, has an ambulance for its newly-constructed health centre.
A solar panel pump will supply the water for the water closet at Patriensa which also has CHPS compound alongside Nyaboo and Kyekeybease.
The Ghana Education Trust Fund (GETFUND) is financing construction of classroom blocks at Patriensa, Atunsu, Konongo, Adumkrom, Kwaamensa and Boatenkrom.
Teachers who travel long distances to and from school are being given accommodation with the construction of teachers’ bungalows at Kwaamensa and Praaso.
Member of Parliament for Asante Akyem Central, Kwame Anyimadu Antwi, says the projects have been located according to community needs.
He said MPs Common Fund is being used to support the financing of the projects.
Mr Anyimadu admits some of the projects which commenced two years ago are behind schedule due to unforeseen circumstances.
He is, however, hopeful work would be completed within months to make the facilities available for use.
“These projects are supposed to be completed in six months but we’re in the ninth and tenth months. When they’re done we’ll inaugurate and hand them over to the community,” Mr Anyimadu promised.