Ghana Will Start Using Drones To Distribute Blood And Drugs

Dr Bawumia
Dr Mahamudu Bawumia

Drones are taking over, charley.

From Pizza, now to drugs.

The Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, has said that Ghana will use drones to distribute blood and other essential medicines to remote parts of the country as part of efforts to ensure quality healthcare delivery.

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No, this is not a plan to be realized in 10 or 20 years.

However, according to the Vice President, this will start by September this year.

Speaking at the 2018 Annual Health Summit in Accra, the Vice President said the government would sign a Memorandum of Understanding this week to put the technology into effect.

“By the grace of God; there is ongoing discussions, we are looking at innovative ways to deliver blood supplies as well as essential medicines to remote areas. As the rains come in, some areas are going to be cut off… Do we allow mothers to die because we can’t have blood supplies or essential medicines? Ghana this week, will be signing an MOU and by the middle of this year or by September, we will join Malawi and Rwanda with using drone technology to deliver blood supplies and essential medicines. So we are going to do that this year,” he said.

Although Dr. Bawumia did not give details about the arrangement, he emphasized that the government was keen on introducing other innovations to boost the country’s health sector.

Rwanda is among the few African countries working with US-based automated logistics firm, Zipline International Inc. to deliver blood and vaccines by drone on demand to patients including women in labour in rural communities.

This is reported to have saved thousands of women from death as a result of haemorrhage during childbirth.

Source: Citi Newsroom

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