Report from Nimba County says the Ganta-Grand Gedeh highway has become virtually impassable due to bad road, leading to hike in transport fare from LD1, 200 to LD3000 per passenger for one trip.
The NewDawn Nimba correspondent, currently touring the area, recalled that in the past, commercial drivers plying the road used charge a fare of LD800 per one trip. Some travelers, mainly business people who have slept on the road for over a week, lamented their goods are spoiling, coupled with lack of food and drugs, among others. They call on government for intervention.
The road situation is also affecting the Jackson F. Doe Referral Hospital in Tappita, Nimba County, as patients with emergency cases are unable to reach the hospital.
Dr. James Sobboh told this paper due to the bad road, they are encountering difficulty in transporting drugs, fuel and other supplies to the hospital. He said they also face challenge in coming to Monrovia to attend to other matters in the interest of the hospital, which caters to citizens in that region and neighboring countries, including Guinea and Ivory Coast.
Health institutions in Southeast Liberia that usually refer patients to Jackson F. Doe, have reportedly stopped because of the road condition, which is exacerbated by torrential rains. Free movement in that part of the country is being impeded and prices of basic commodities, including food have sky-rocketed with a 25Kg bag of rice in Tappita now at LD1, 800.
By Franklin Doloquee, Nimba-Editing by Jonathan Browne