The Suhum’s Municipal Health Director of Health, Dr. Frederick Ofosu, has described the medical drone delivery service as perfect initiative that would save lives.
Speaking to Nyankonton Mu Nsem on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, the medical doctor indicated that the delivery would enhance health service in deprived areas.
The Vice President of the Republic, Dr Mamahudu Bawumia, on Wednesday, 24th April 2019 launched the first ever medical drone delivery service in Ghana, and the largest such drone delivery network in the world, at Omenako, near Suhum, in the Eastern Region.
The ‘Fly-To-Save-A-Life Project’, a collaboration between the Ministry of Health and Zipline Technologies, will provide a rapid response to medical emergencies, especially in hard to reach areas, through the flying of unmanned drones to supply 12 routine and emergency services as well as 148 lifesaving medical products selected by the Ministry of Health.
The Omenako Service Centre, the first of four planned centres, will supply these products to facilities located in the whole of the Eastern Region, and parts of the Volta, Ashanti, Central and Greater Accra Regions. Three other centres are expected to be completed this year to cover most of Ghana.
The service will operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Each centre will be 100% staffed by Ghanaian engineers, health care professionals and logistics personnel, and paid for by the private sector through their corporate social responsibility obligations with no cost to government.
The medical officer explained that the initiative has come at a better time hence the need to support it.
He said the drones would help them attend to victims of snake bites and those who need blood for transfusion.
The Zipline project has already attracted international attention and major players like Pfizer, NOVARTIS, GAVI, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and UPS have already engaged Zipline to deliver medicines and other supplies in Ghana on their behalf using drones.