By: Audrey Raymonda John
In an exclusive interview with the Chairman for Rochain Loko and the Public Health Unit (PHU) Alhaji Bai Koroma stated that the broken and collapsed bridge has prevented their movement from one place to the other.
The said incident occurred between two small villages called Rochain Loko and Mayarah at Mafonday Makrembay Chiefdom in Karene District, Northern Sierra Leone which had prevented the entry of medical items supplied to the only health centre which covers over ten villages across the Chiefdom and beyond but had also slowed down the movement of pregnant women, lactating mothers, the aged, sick people and the general public from accessing the hospital as it supposed to be.
He disclosed that the bridge in question collapsed due to a heavily loaded truck of coal, timber, fruits, vegetables, sticks and other wooden materials which forced its way through that caused its collapse.
He revealed that the broken bridge was constructed ten years back.
‘During that time the heavily overloaded truck climbed up the bridge but managed to cross. The disheartening part of this episode is that the driver of the heavy truck had promised to repair the broken bridge after causing the problem but didn’t show up as the rainy season is fast approaching, he said.
However, pedestrians, drivers and stakeholders in that part of the country are calling on the swift intervention of responsible government authorities and humanitarian concerned organizations to rebuild the broken bridge for easy movement of goods, services and people from one place to another within the district.