Don’t politicize medical drone delivery service – Bawumia

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ice President, Dr. Mahamadu Bawumia has called on Ghanaians not to politicize the drones for medical supplies initiative.

At the launch of the initiative, he indicated that death is no respecter of persons and does not determine the political affiliation of an individual.

The Director of the Ghana Health Service (GHS), Dr Anthony Nsiah Asare also said the project will enable Ghana to achieve a Universal Health care delivery system.

The 12.5 million dollar contract is to enable the Ghana Health Service to fly blood and other essential medical supplies to deprived and hard-to-reach areas.

Mr. Asare said the centre will serve residents in the Eastern and Greater Accra Regions, and parts of the Volta, Central and Ashanti Regions.

The $12.5 million deal is to enable the Ghana Health Service to send blood and other essential medical supplies to deprived and hard-to-reach areas.

When at full operations, Zipline will be running over 150 flights per day from each of its four distribution centres nationwide.

Zipline had been conducting its final testing and diagnostics of its equipment by flying a drone to deliver vaccines to the New Tafo Hospital in the Eastern Region.

Some patients and officials at the New Tafo Government Hospital have already testified to the effectiveness of the initiative.

Charles Coffie, a 44-year-old driver said the equipment had already proven it’s work by saving his life with timely delivery of blood.

I was seriously bleeding on Monday after my operation so my family members were informed that I needed blood immediately and this drone saved me. And I think it is a good initiative,” he told New sources on Tuesday.

Zipline began itsinitial testing and diagnostic flight from its first distribution centre at Omenako on March 1, 2019.

It is capable of making emergency deliveries of life-saving medications to over 2,000 health facilities across the country.

Fly Zipline launched a similar service in Rwanda in 2006 to improve public health delivery in that country.

Source:citinewsroom

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