Tumata residents cry for Safe drinking water in Bong
By Emmanuel Mafelah | GNN Western Liberia Correspondent |
Residents of Tumata Town in Yellequelleh District, Lower Bong County, are calling on their Representative Edward Karfiah, the national government and other philanthropist organization for the provision of safe drinking water in the area.
The residents in tears said, they are finding it very difficult to have access to safe drinking water especially during this rainy season.
Speaking to this paper in an exclusive interview in the town, the Youth President of the town, Mike Torkorlon said, the town lacks access to safe drinking water, clinic and school.
The Tumata town youth leader further said, citizens of the town usually fetches water in bushes which he said is causing serious health hazard in the town among children and adults.
Mr. Torkorlon speaking on the issue of medication, he stated that as a result of the lack of health facilities in the area, sick people are often taking in hammock to the Gbartala clinic in the District which is about 3 hours walk to the area due to the lack of roads.
He said “ when someone get sick in this community, we have to transport them by the way of hammocks to the Gbartala clinic, if the person is critically ill; the nurses have to call for an ambulance to convey that critical person to Phebe hospital.”
Mr. Torkorlon also noted that due to the lock of school in the area school going children under the ages of 8, 9 and 12are not going to school due to far-away they have to cover, adding that except children who are 14 to 15 years old was attending school in Kpateyamah Town in Suakoko District, Bong county but is currently down or Close for this academic 2018/2019 school year.
Residents of the town speaking through in a very sad mood said the inability of the Lawmaker and the national government to provide those needed facilities is a clear manifestation that they have been marginalized.
According to them, the absence of these social needs are posing threat to their wellbeing, thereby causing their children to grow uneducated and at the same time barricading their economy gains, as well as causing them an unbearable health disaster, describing it as a total Wickedness upon them as citizens living in that part of the country.
The residents also believed that their rights to have access to equal opportunity have been violated over several years adding that President George Manneh Weah Pro-Poor Agenda for prosperity and development need to quickly come to their aids.
They were full of sorrows over their living condition explaining to reporters that they on many occasions seek assistance from some government Officials but to no avail.
“We are only asking the Liberian leader to help us, we are suffering” they noted.
Investigation conducted by this paper prevails that those who are expected to be in school have all become farmers and some are now having babies by chance evidenced by the absent of school.
Tumata Town is in electoral District number five and is been represented by Hon. Edward W. Karfiah who was in 2017 reelected to the 54th National Legislature.