President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on Thursday opened Ghana’s second medical drone delivery base at Asante Mampong as part of his duty tour of the Ashanti region this week.
This is the second of what will be four medical drone delivery bases that have been commissioned to help expand access to critical and life-saving medicines for people across Ghana.
Zipline, a California-based robotics company, operates the medical drone delivery service with support from Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the UPS Foundation and other partners.
Like the facility at Omenako in the Eastern Region, the Mampong operation uses drones to make on-demand and emergency deliveries of 12 routine and emergency vaccines as well as 148 blood products and critical medicines.
Ghana’s Expanded Programme on Immunisation (EPI) will supply Zipline with Gavi-supported vaccines for delivery, including Yellow Fever, Polio, Measles & Rubella, Meningitis, Pneumococcal, and Diphtheria & Tetanus, among others. EPI will also leverage Zipline’s delivery service for future mass immunization programs in the country.
The service will operate seven days a week with the goal of delivering to up to 500 health facilities in the Ashanti region. The third drone delivery base will launch later this year and the fourth soon after that.
By April of 2020, all four bases will make up to 600 on-demand delivery flights a day on behalf of the Government of Ghana to close to 2,000 health facilities across the country.
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