Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia has hinted that the use of drones for the distribution of essential medicines in Ghana is set to begin in the next three weeks.
Speaking at a Town Hall Meeting Wednesday in Accra, Dr Bawumia said the distribution centre at Suhum is ready for the commencement of the project.
He indicated that the distribution would be scaled up to other parts of the country later on.
“Three-week’s time or less, we will see medical deliveries by drones in Ghana of critical medicines,” he said.
Parliament in December 2018 approved the drones for medical delivery project.
Zipline, the world’s first national-scale drone delivery service, will begin the initial testing and diagnostic flights from its distribution centre in Omenako.
The test, which will be in two states, will start with a technical test and at this stage, no delivery of medical supplies will be made to any hospital.
The second stage will involve flying of water packages to health facilities to test landing sites.
A statement issued by Zipline said after successful tests, the revolutionary new service will be launched to begin full operations using drones to make on-demand emergency deliveries of life-saving medications to over 2, 000 health facilities across the country.
The service will operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Ghana Health Service (GHS) has selected 148 life-saving medical products to be stocked at Zipline’s four distribution centres nationwide.
Zipline will guarantee the delivery of these products upon request to any of the thousands of health facilities served.
Each of the four distribution centres will be staffed by a team of Ghanaian engineers and logistics personnel equipped with at least 20 drones.